Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jackson-Hewitt Tax School

Scary thing to do -- I signed up for Jackson-Hewitt Tax School yesterday.

The personable young lady who administered my registration test asked me "why do you want to come to tax school?"

I told her I write a blog. People reading my blog need simple information about taxes and I sure need to understand taxes if I'm going to write a money blog.

She smiled at the idea of the blog and took my $99 (it's a free course, but the books cost a pretty penny).

You can go to tax school too. The time to enroll is now! H&R Block has a tax school as well, but the last time I checked, it costs around  $250. If you do well, they will sign you up for part-time work if you are interested. I probably won't do it, since the hourly pay to begin with is pretty low. But it could be a life-saver for someone who lost their job during the recession. This is the season that tax schools do their training. You won't be able to sign up for one of these courses again until next fall.

Or you could just check back and read this blog. I'll be posting most important lessons as I go.

First thing to know is that to register for tax school at JH, you have to go in and take a test. I've never prepared taxes before, so it took me about 20 minutes to read through the materials and take the test. Do it slowly! The software tripped me up and although I knew the answers, I only got 45% on the first go-round. The second time I took the test, (and took my time with clicking the box I meant to click), I scored 100%.

And if you want to sign up for school, bring your checkbook. JH doesn't take American Express.

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