Week two for H&R Block’s 1,000 Win $1,000 Daily Sweepstakes: People make a house a home, and an extra grand helps
Winners reveal plans include buying, improving houses
H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world’s largest consumer tax preparation company, is wrapping up the second week of drawings for its 1,000 Win $1,000 Daily Sweepstakes and winners are sharing how they will use their winnings. Some common themes are helping to buy a house and making improvements to a house.
“We’ve learned that many people are using their $1,000 winnings to put down a rental deposit on a new apartment, fix up their home and even help with buying a home,” said Kathy Collins, H&R Block’s chief marketing officer. “Homeownership is one common theme in the American Dream. The fact our clients are able to use this money to help build and improve their lives – and even facilitate purchasing homes – is incredible.”
‘Home’ is where the heart is – and in the names of cities where winners live
In the past week, the word “home” has kept popping up in relation to the sweepstakes. It’s in plans winners have for the future and in the names of cities where other winners reside. These are the cities some of the winners literally call “home”:
- Mahomet, Ill.
- Prairie Home, Mo.
- Homer, Ga.
- Homestead, Fla.
- Highland Home, Ala.
- Mountain Home, Utah.
Homeownership key to unlock certain tax breaks
In addition to having a place they can truly call their own, there are several tax benefits to owning a home. One of the most common benefits is that homeowners can deduct the mortgage interest paid on their primary home as an itemized deduction. Private mortgage insurance premiums also are deductible as interest, and homeowners may be able to deduct some points and fees, too.
“Only 1 in 3 taxpayers itemize their tax deductions, but millions more should – especially homeowners,” said Kathy Pickering, executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block. “For some taxpayers, owning a house is the key that unlocks itemization.”
When a taxpayer has a full year’s worth of house-related taxes and interest, plus other items they can itemize, they are more likely to be over the threshold for being able to itemize their deductions. By itemizing, a taxpayer also can deduct these qualifying items:
- Charitable donations
- Medical expenses
- Personal property tax on cars, etc.
- State and local income taxes or state and local sales taxes
- Employee business expenses
- Casualty losses.
H&R Block is giving away $1,000 to 1,000 winners for 32 days, for a total of $32 million. The first drawing for the sweepstakes was Jan. 16. Anyone who files their taxes in a participating H&R Block office by Feb. 15 can be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. This interactive map shows the states where the winners live.
For more information, including official rules and other ways to enter, taxpayers can watch this video or join the conversation on social media and share how they would use an extra $1,000. Just use the hashtag #MyGrandPlan.
About H&R Block
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For Official Rules and Alternate Method of Entry click here. Open to legal U.S. residents (50 states + DC & PR) age 18+. Entry Period: 1/4/16 – 2/15/16. One entry per taxpayer with paid federal tax return. Daily drawings 1/16/16 – 2/15/16 + final drawing on 2/19/16. 1,000 winners per drawing; 32,000 winners total. Total ARV: $32,000,000. Void where prohibited.
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