For those of you who like to do Focus Groups and Product tests: I received the following e-mail today and received permission to pass it along. This is a paid Research Study about tax preparation and you must meet the specified criteria to qualify. If you meet the qualifications then just call the number (at the bottom of the post) and leave a message if you don’t reach a person. They do call back and you might just get in!
We have a tax research study that pays $250. We would like you to test out a new version of TurboTax and in appreciation you would receive $250 plus your taxes would be filed at no cost to you.
To qualify, all of the following must apply to you. If even one of the following are not true for you, then you do not qualify:
-You must be able to file your taxes as a 1040EZ form
-You must have done your taxes last year via Accountant, CPA, Family Friend, at a Tax Place/Service (H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty) or a tax preparation service (e.g., check cashing place or somewhere else). Basically you cannot have done your own taxes either online, via software, or via paper for last year. Someone else has to have done them for you.
-You must have done your taxes last year before February 15th
-You have not used any tax software such as Turbotax or Taxcut or any online websites in the past 2 years to file your taxes. More than 2 years ago is OK.
-You must have at least one or more W-2 for last year.
-You must be willing to wait until after April 1st of this year to file your taxes
-You must not have any 1099 forms, other than 1099-Int. So no side jobs that you got a 1099 for.
-You must not have sold any stocks or mutual funds outside of your 401k or retirement accounts
-You must be between the ages of 20-45 with or without kids. Ages 46-50 must have kids.
If you fit all of the above criteria, then great! You are very likely to qualify for our research and can call us at 1-818-622-4007 or email me with your contact information so we can screen you.
If you qualify, we will let you know right then that you are in the research. Once you are registered for the research, we ask that you please do not get your taxes filed. On April 1st you will be given access to a new version of the TurboTax software to file your taxes on. Once you have done that, your taxes will be filed for you free of charge and we will compensate you with the $250 for participating in the research. We realize that you will have to wait until April to get your tax refund so we hope that the $250 makes it worthwhile for you.
Feel free to forward this information to friends/family if you do not qualify.