Thursday, March 19, 2015

#Giveaway and Review: Master Lock Security File Box



MASTER LOCK MAKES FILING LESS TAXING WITH SWEEPSTAKES,
TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING RETURNS AT VARIOUS LIFE STAGES

Five Master Lock Vault® users will win $1,000 each in Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes



MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March XX, 2015) – Approximately 1 in 5 Americans who file their own tax return leave an average of $450 on the table each year – adding up to more than $5 billion in the U.S. – due largely to unnoticed deductions and credits*. This tax season, Master Lock is offering advice for maximizing returns during key life stages with credit opportunities and organization tips, and is also providing financial relief  to consumers via the Master Lock Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes.

Now through April 16, any registered user of the Master Lock Vault is eligible to enter for a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes. The Master Lock Vault is a free, digital safe deposit box that provides a safe and secure solution for storing copies of important tax documents for easy access from any smart phone or computer.

“Each new stage of life brings with it new considerations during tax time,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Whether it’s your first year doing your own taxes, or first year with a dependent on your tax forms, we’re here to help you feel more confident about the process and your results, and maybe even take home some extra cash.”

No matter which life stage you are in this tax season, pay close attention to possible deductions and credits you may qualify for as you reach each new milestone**:

1.      Recent College Graduates: Graduating from college is a great accomplishment, but many graduates face a mountain of debt owed on their student loans. Luckily, there are credits that could provide a tax break for young professionals this season:

Graduates who begin repaying their student loans may qualify for the Student Loan Interest Deduction, which would deduct up to $2,500 of qualified student loan interest. If you plan to continue your education, you may qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit which can provide eligible students with a tax credit toward undergraduate, graduate or professional degree courses at an eligible educational institution.

2.      Newlyweds: After exchanging rings and tossing the bouquet, newlyweds’ lives – and taxes – merge into one. Filing jointly with your spouse offers many advantages, and the IRS gives joint filers one of the largest deductions each year.

With a new marital status comes significant changes that could affect your taxes. It’s imperative for the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return to reflect your Social Security Administration (SSA) records. If you made changes to your name (Form SS-5) or address (Form 8822), you need to file the proper forms to notify the SSA and IRS. You should also notify your workplace to ensure your receive your W-2.

3.      Parents: Raising a child to the age of 18 costs approximately $245,000 in today’s economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parents can ease their burden by taking advantage of the Child Tax Credit, which offers a tax credit up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Additionally, parents who paid for child care in order to work may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which reduces federal income tax.

4.      Seniors (65+): As we age, it’s even more important to correctly prepare tax returns in order to receive the proper deductions and credits. Storing personal expenses and documentation in a secure location, such as the Master Lock Vault, will keep seniors’ personal information organized and eliminate the worry of lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information. If you want or need to store physical copies, keep them protected in a locking fire- and water-resistant Sentry Safe storage chest or safe.

Based on filing status, seniors may qualify for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled (Forms 1040 or 1040A), and seniors who do not itemize their deductions receive a higher deduction amount. Seniors should also take advantage of free tax services, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides income tax preparation and electronic filing services, and Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which focuses on pensions and retirement-related concerns.

Master Lock Tax Relief Rewards Sweepstakes
An added bonus of utilizing the Master Lock Vault to organize the variety of forms and online passwords needed for your tax-filing process this year is the chance to win $1,000, which can be used to supplement your tax refund, or help ease the burden of additional taxes owed. To enter, new users can register for a Master Lock Vault account at www.MasterLockVault.com. Once the account has been activated, users will receive an email containing the sweepstakes entry form. Existing Master Lock Vault users who have opted in for brand communications will receive an email with the sweepstakes entry form once the sweepstakes kicks off March 16. One entry will be accepted per person through April 16.

Master Lock Vault
Benefits of the Master Lock Vault extend well beyond the tax season. Use the system year-round, via the website or by installing one of the free mobile apps for your Apple®, Android®, Kindle® or Nook® devices. Securely store and organize lock combinations, digital copies of your passport and social security card and other confidential data such as debit or PIN card numbers or online credit card account log-in information. Offering a high level of online security, the Master Lock Vault serves as a digital safe deposit box for quick and easy access to valuable information anytime, anywhere.

For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website at www.masterlock.com or the Master Lock Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterlock.

About Master Lock
Master Lock is the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products providing innovative security solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and storage security needs for consumers and industry alike. Master Lock Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS) is included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index.  For more information about Master Lock, visit www.masterlock.com.

About the Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Entry into the Master Lock “Tax Relief Rewards” Sweepstakes is open to permanent lawful residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) and Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Limit one (1) entry per person. Sweepstakes begins at 07:00:01 a.m. CDT on March 16, 2015 and ends on April 16, 2015 at 6:59:59 a.m. CDT. Entrants can access www.masterlockvault.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Master Lock Vault account, which will generate a confirmation message containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form. Existing, opt-in subscribers will receive an email containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form.
Sponsor: Master Lock Company LLC, 137 W. Forest Hill Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154.


**Master Lock is not a legal, tax or accounting advisor, and the information in this press release should not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. Master Lock recommends that consumers consult a professional advisor for advice concerning specific tax or other matters.

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My Thoughts:

I found this bock to be very secure and durable. The files I have fit perfectly in the box. I was able to fit a good amount of files in it. It is a lightweight box, not overly heavy. Without files inside, I was able to pick it up with one hand without a problem. Even with files inside of it, I was still able to lift with one hand. The design made it easy to tuck away. Even turning it sideways, my files stayed in tack.

I like that the box can be locked. Gives me a little more secure feeling when placing things such as bank records and personal files inside. The box has a logo on the side that it's tough under fire. I did not test that. :) I will just have to take their word for it.

Over all, I was very pleased with this file box and it would be one I pick up again in the future and recommend to friends.

The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to receive a Master Lock Security File Box.   To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on 4/10/15. Open to the US only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to the sponsor for offering this fantastic prize.

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36 comments:

Anita said...

I really like the 20 Gauge Steel Dual Function Adjustable Door Security Bar. A family member has one and says it works great.

Alison H said...

I love this little travel-sized personal key safe with a lanyard cable: http://www.masterlock.com/personal-use/product/5408D

Anonymous said...

I like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; Pink. Patricia

alissa apel said...

I like: Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; White

Sandy Cain said...

I love their Model 5900D Personal Safe in Gray. I really need it!

Rebecca Orr said...

I like the Model No. 175DLH Wide Set Your Own Combination Solid Body Padlock Shackle. It would be perfect for our shed. Thanks for the chance.

Jennifer Heintz said...

I like the portable personal safe in pink. Take safety with your.

Elise Stephens said...

That little pink portable one would be awesome!

Heather De Luna said...

It might seem weird, but I would like the Model No. 7101D - 48-Count Locking Key Cabinet. I have a lot of keys for myself and family, so I have trouble keeping track of them (and extras). This would be a great solution.

Angela said...

Keyed Locking Cash Box with 7 Compartment Tray

Anne said...

I need to get my spouse a lock for his bicycle, and the "3-15/16in (10cm) Wide Hardened Steel Mini U-Lock with 5in (51cm) Shackle" would do nicely.

DEBIJOT said...

I like the drawer safe with 4 compartment drawer.

sohamolina said...

I liek 3-1/4in (83mm) Wide Set Your Own Combination Portable Key Safe

alona y said...

I also like the Keyed Fire Retardent Locking Security Chest.

heymissvirginia said...

I like the portable personal safe in pink.
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Jessica said...

I like the set your own combination locks.

vanessa richard said...

i would love to have this for when we go to the beach or other places where i am not close to items at all time

Leah Meray said...

I also like the Keyed Fire Retardent Locking Security Chest for storing important items.

Lana Bradstream said...

I like the 48 Count Locking Key Cabinet

Ken Ohl said...

I love the key fire retardent locking security chest. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Holly Thomas said...

I like the set your own combination portable safe.

JLin Mei said...

48-Count Locking Key Cabinet

Hargow Wong said...

I like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe.

jlee said...

We travel a lot so the personal portable safe would be great for us!

mecarolks said...

I like the portable personal safe in pink.

Carolyn Barnett said...

I like the Remind MeEasily Remember Important Dates, To Do's, and Deadlines

Alison Tolar said...

I love the 2-3/4in (70mm) Wide Set Your Own Combination Portable Key Safe.

Xty C said...

I think I could use the Keyed Locking Cash Box with 7 Compartment Tray

Penny Kathleen said...

I love the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; Pink! It's very discreet and you'd never guess it was a safe!

Maria Gagliano said...

I could so use one of these. The Keyed Locking Drawer Safe with 4 Compartment Tray would be a great fit for me

Fawn said...

I really like the Stainless Steel Receiver Lock with Adjustable Coupler Latch Lock

Breanne said...

I like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; Pink

Sandra Watts said...

I would like to have one of the Combination Portable Personal Safes.

Birdie Bee said...

I would love to own the Model No. 5900D
Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; Gray.

JJAY100 said...

I like Keyed Fire Retardent Locking Security Chest

Sonya Sanderson said...

I also like the locking key cabinet.