How much should Box 2 on a 1098-T from Santa Fe University of Art show?  What do I fill in on TurboTax related to box 2?
Not necessarily.Not all higher education expenses qualify for US tax benefits. Generally, the only expenses that qualify are tuition and required fees. Room and board is not a qualifying expense, and except for the American Opportunity Credit, neither are expenses for required books or supplies that are not paid directly to the institution.If all of the required expenses were paid by a scholarship - and not by you directly - then you will not have any tax benefit. You should have received a detailed breakdown from the school of the expenses and how they were paid - if you did not you should request one. If you purchased required books, equipment, and/or supplies from a source other than the university and your student qualifies for the American Opportunity Credit, you can claim those expenses for that credit.
How can I get more people to fill out my survey?
Make it compellingQuickly and clearly make these points:Who you are and why you are doing thisHow long it takesWhats in it for me -- why should someone help you by completing the surveyExample: "Please spend 3 minutes helping me make it easier to learn Mathematics. Answer 8 short questions for my eternal gratitude and (optional) credit on my research findings. Thank you SO MUCH for helping."Make it convenientKeep it shortShow up at the right place and time -- when people have the time and inclination to help. For example, when students are planning their schedules. Reward participationOffer gift cards, eBooks, study tips, or some other incentive for helping.Test and refineTest out different offers and even different question wording and ordering to learn which has the best response rate, then send more invitations to the offer with the highest response rate.Reward referralsIf offering a reward, increase it for referrals. Include a custom invite link that tracks referrals.
What is an alternative to TurboTax Online? If you have any recommendation, I would like to know about the experience of moving out of TurboTax to other online tax software. Can we export our data from TurboTax to others?
There are many professional tax preparation software out there. Here are country based classification of software used by many businesses and individuals for their tax return preparation. And yes, you can easily move out to any of these software and export your data from TurboTax Tax Preparation Software -For United States: Intuit's QuickBooks software, ProSeries Intuit , Lacerte Tax Prepration, Creative Solutions' Ultra-Tax, Turbo Tax, ATX and ProSystem fx ® Suite - CCHFor Canada: Cantax, Taxnic, Taxprep, Profile, UFile, TurboTax and Quicken
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
How is this rapid advance on your taxes by companies like TaxSlayer and TurboTax figured out?
The funds paid to you in advance are called a Refund Anticipation Loan of RAL. They charge somewhere around $65 on whatever your refund is, and take that up front. In even a $3,000 refund that adds up to 2.6% or almost 30% annually. You’re only “borrowing” it it for a couple weeks. Is it really worth that?