Thursday, March 26, 2015

Make Filing Less Taxing with Master Lock +Sweepstakes Info & Locking File Box #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a product sample to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box

One thing you want to be sure to store properly, for many reasons, is your important documents and papers. Up until now, all of my own, such as tax records, house insurance papers, car titles, personal documentation, etc. have been neatly tucked and organized in hanging folders inside of a file box. The trouble though, was that box was made of plastic. It's always been in the back of my mind to change it up for something more sturdy, but getting around to 'doing it later' just never seemed to come... until now. :) 

Today I am happy to report all of those papers have been neatly transferred to a new Master Lock 7148D Keyed Locking File Box. This 13.5 (34.3cm) W x 10.5in (26.7cm) H x 6in (15.2cm) D box is made of a durable steel construction that is far superior to our previous plastic version. It comes with two keys (don't lose them because duplicates are not available) and a limited lifetime warranty. And it's a from a name you can trust: Master Lock. 

At the end of this post, one lucky winner (US/Canada only) will win a Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box to call their own. And there's an even bigger prize to win with the Sweeps below. Interested? Keep reading...


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 offive $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 theS&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 andfollow 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, 137W. 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. 



There's a giveaway here too! One lucky winner (US/Canada) gets
a Master Lock  7148D Keyed Locking File Box to call their own.

Now that you've read this bevy of quality information, it's time to enter the giveaway Master Lock has also graciously offered to Mail4Rosey readers. One lucky winner will get the Master Lock 7148D Keyed Locking File Box mentioned at the top of this post. US/Canada only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

139 comments:

KathleenKL said...

they have a great sweeps going on now to ease the stress of tax time you could win $1000!!

Jay CraftySpices said...

We have used Master Locks for many years now and we are very happy with them, that being said I am sure that this file keeper is a great product. Thanks for sharing!

Pat Hatt said...

They sure do make it so everything is safe. But can it fit all of your paper? lol

kellyr78 said...

I like the Keyed Locking Drawer Safe with 4 Compartment Tray.

Tammy Woodall said...

I didn't realize that MasterLock offered so many devices in locks, locking mechanisms latches, hitches and, safes - the lists go on and on. Also, the name MasterLock is renowned around the world,

Holy Ghost Writer said...

They make great products

Alison said...

I learned that Master Lock was founded in 1921.

Colette S said...

That does look like a nice little box!
I might think about entering.

indah nuria Savitri said...

looks like a great product...

Megan Shrimpe said...

I learned that if you know your key number it's easy to order new keys!

Sandee said...

Way cool giveaway. We just finished our taxes last week. It's always a relief to get them done. You do need to make sure you've got all the deductions you're supposed to have though. Excellent.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Marti Tabora said...

I really like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe in Pink. It would come in handy for a lot of items.

Anonymous said...

I learned they have a sweepstakes going on right now!

Neil Barto said...

I like the lock for bikes

Aimee Fauci said...

I have never heard of this company. It sounds like it offers quite a bit.

Jamie said...

This seems amazing! A lot better than our system of just throwing all our papers into a lock box. Great giveaway!

Masshole Mommy said...

That is a really sweet box. My files are a mess, so I would love something like that to help me organize myself.

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I need something to store my personal important papers in. I didn't know there were so many options for seniors when it comes to filing taxes, I'm sending my mom over to the is post to learn more.

mail4rosey said...

It fits all of my important papers that DO stay organized. Never mind the stack of 'I'm going to get to those' papers you could be referring to...those are a whole different category. ;)

alissa apel said...

I could so use this. How lucky you are to review it. :) Travis needs this so bad. He was a unorganized pain in the butt with taxes this yr. I hate gathering the stuff anyhow, and he makes it worse.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Visited and learned about the Braided Steel Cable Gun Lock with 1-1/8in (29 mm) Wide Laminated Steel Padlock; Keyed Different

Alice C said...

We have one like this and I absolutely love it. It makes it so quick and easy to have all our important docs in one place.

Kristen Campbell said...

Looks like a great product! I never even thought to lock up our tax docs. It's a good idea.

peg42 said...

Another item that I like is the Security Bar.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Angela Stevens said...

I learned that they also have a contest on their site YAY!!!

Elephant's Child said...

What a great idea. Our papers are in swing files inside a filing cabinet - and really, really need culling and organising.

Kim Pinch said...

I like that they have a huge variety of locks. I really like the Set Your Own WORD Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable.

Theron Willis said...

I like Master Lock's Hardened Laminated Steel Street Cuff Bike Lock. As a fan of Harry Houdini, I take note that the lock can double as ankle cuffs.

Hope to win!

~ Noelle said...

These are great. We have one that we bought when we bought the house to keep things organized!

Mama Banana said...

Awesome! I use several of their locks for our sheds and equipment, I would love a locked box from the same company since we already know and trust them!

MikiHope said...

I really have to get all my important papers in one place! Some are here and some are there--ever hear about the shoemakers son who had no shoes? Well--semi-retired bookkeeper here--A sturdy metal box type would be a very safe place to keep your valuable papers--but what happens if you actually lose the keys!!!!

Charlie Raisor said...

They have a sweepstakes for $1000,

lynn clayton said...

wow so many different options to keep stuff safe who knew

Liz Mays said...

That was smart to store it in a more secure and long-lasting container. I don't think I'm storing mine wisely over here either.

ewalsh40@gmail.com said...

I had no idea about the personal, portable safes. I really like them.

Pam said...

Master Lock has so many great options. Great for people who need to keep things safe.

Lesley said...

I would love to win this! Good luck to everyone.

Stephanie Pass said...

This looks like an awesome giveaway!

LifeAsAConvert said...

My little boy has a locking system like that. He keeps all of his important "things" in there. I never thought to put stuff like tax information in it.

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

I have never heard of this, but I can see where it would come in handy! Amber N

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I like the Wide Combination Dial Padlock with Aluminum Cover; Pink with the breast cancer ribbon.

Karryk said...

I love the bike locks

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I've always loved Masterlock products. They are reliable and really protect all of my valuables.

Alison H said...

I like the variety of products they offer! I would love to try one of their fireproof or waterproof safes.

Jeanine said...

How awesome I didn't realize masterlock offered more than the common little lock! Great to know, this is great!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Master Lock has so many great products to keep things safe and secure! That's a really nice box, and giveaway too!

Janell said...

I need one of these so bad. Thanks for sharing - this looks like a great option.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I like the bike locks too, especially since we like to ride bikes in the city. They are very secure.

Stacey- Travel Blogger said...

I love MasterLock! Their brand works great and is very sturdy and long lasting.

debdenny said...

We keep our important papers in one. Love all their products.

Michelle H said...

A really great thing to own and use properly. Anything to make taxes a little easier....

Uplifting Families said...

I think these are a must have. I have a fireproof box that I store important docs like our birth certificates in.

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

I learned that Master Lock was founded in 1921 by Harry Soref

Lois Alter Mark said...

What a great idea! Definitely entering the contest, thanks!

Pam@IW said...

They always make such great products and you can feel secure that your valuable are safe. Nice giveaway!

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Great giveaway! I'd like to own one of those vaults.

Ave T said...

What a great product! Looks like a perfect way to have all important documents in one place and kept safe. Thanks for the giveaway too!

Mama to 5 said...

I need this for our important documents. Even jewelry too.

nickieisis3 said...

I learned that Master Lock was founded in 1921.

Nina Say said...

We have a safe just like this! It is a lifesaver!

Lesley said...

Masterlock is an awesome company, they make the best products. I imagine this one is no different.

Dawn Monroe said...

Id like to try the digital combination lock because Ive never seen a digital lock before.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This is an awesome giveaway indeed. I don't have a locked box for my important papers at all and I really need to get one. These seem like and awesome one to have for sure. I will have to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

Ashley Gill said...

My husband wants a box like this. It would help him to know that the papers are secure should we ever have a break in.

Leela said...

Master Lock was founded in 1921.

Angela said...

I was surprised to learn of so many options and mechanisms too.

Xty C said...

I like the document lock that they have

sheron said...

I never knew that there were so many different types of locks

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I would like a security bar. Brittney House

jlee said...

I like the portable travel safe.

Lena B said...

Deductions are my friends, especially this year, since I am not working

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

We have a huge safe in our garage that takes like five men to even think of moving it . This is the perfect size for important papers. Plus I wouldn't have to go out in my garage every time I had a paper to store for safe keeping

Melanie Tucker said...

I learned Masterlock is Made in American and supports American jobs!

Onica MommyFactor said...

What a great file box for keeping important paper safe. I need to get one of these for passports, etc.

Melissa Renee said...

What perfect timing! The hubs & I were just talking about needing a new place to keep documents just the other day!

Lauren Olivia Wood said...

I like the basic padlocks! olivia41393@yahoo.com

Kim Hampton said...

I learned that their US headquarters is in Oak Creek, WI.

Demonspawn77 said...

I like the little product selector questions to help you choose the right product to protect your stuff

Robyn Bellefleur said...

I learned that Master Lock was founded way back in 1921.

alona y said...

I like the variety of the products they offer, basically if you want to protect anything in your home they have something for it.

Leah Meray said...

I like that their products are made in the USA!

Kim said...

I learned that these are available at tons of different retailers, so there is sure to be one near you. These include target, walmart, academy sports, lowes, walgreens etc.
addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
Ashley C

love to win said...

Wow Master lock offers so many devices

davy said...

Locking Drawer Safe with 4 Compartment Tray

Luminous Angel said...

I learned that they have a Digital Safe!

Jillian Too said...

I like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe in gray.

Darby Elizabeth said...

I like the 1-7/8in (48mm) Wide Combination Dial Padlock

jill190 said...

Model No. 1535DWModel No. 1535DWD
1-1/2in (38mm) Wide Set Your Own WORD Combination Padlock in pink.

Ken Ohl said...

love the bike locks. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Kim Keithline said...

I would love to have the Model No. 5401D

3-1/4in (83mm) Wide Set Your Own Combination Wall Mount Key Safe

Nic said...

I love the amazing range of locks and locked storage they offer.

truckerofbc said...

I like Masterlocks Steel Warded Locks. They are super tough and resist break ins and we use them on an outdoor shed and a back door that leads to a walkway in our home.

Trinh Lam said...

I would love to win the master lock to put all my important papers in there.

Lori Butler said...

i learned that they have a great selection of items that can be used all throughout the home

Jennifer W said...

The TSA-accepted luggage locks would be great while travelling!

hhkaufman78 said...

I like that they have such a large variety of safes.

eg kaufman

Marilyn said...

I really need a Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable -- I'm not comfortable leaving my laptop in the hotel room while traveling. I think this is the exact product I need.

Hotsnotty2 said...

I like Master Lock's Hardened Laminated Steel Street Cuff Bike Lock.

Anonymous said...

i could use this lock it stuff1

Crystal Rose said...

I found out that they make pepper spray too.

Chris Stockford said...

Master Lock has so many great options. Great to keep things safe!

Evan said...

That MasterLock offers digital vault box as well

Tammy D said...

I love the Locking Drawer Safe with the 4 Compartment Tray

Pam V H said...

Their Safety Padlocks won the UL Environment award because they produce little scrap metal.

sally0630 said...

they are the largest global manufacturer and marketer of padlocks since 1921 by Harry Soref.

Sarah Oswald

SuzanneM said...

I Need A Safety Box For My PERSONAL Papers And This One Looks Awesome.

SuzanneM said...

I Need A Safety Box For My PERSONAL Papers And This One Looks Awesome.

Danica Scott said...

I learned they have a lot of products.

Raquel Serrano said...

Right now, I'm using a cardboard office box to hold all of my documents. Definitely not waterproof :/

Jennifer Lleras said...

I have learned they have been in business since 1921, that's amazing!

Erica C. said...

I like the bicycle lock that looks like handcuffs.

Carolyn Daley said...

I like the Portable Personal Safes for traveling.

Sarah Hall said...

I like the 9/16 in. wide solid brass body padlock with 2 inch shackle.

tina reynolds said...

I really like the 8-1/4in (21cm) Wide Hardened Steel U-Lock with 11in (28cm) Shackle I think we would get a lot of use out of it this summer

mecarolks said...

I like the Wide Combination Dial Padlock with Aluminum Cover; Pink with the breast cancer ribbon.

Melissa Shirley said...

I like the 4693D – TSA-Accepted Luggage Lock with Identification Tag

Nikki Davis said...

I learned that this filebox has a lifetime warranty.

Thank you for the entry,

Breanne said...

I like the 3/4in (19mm) Wide Mini Fusion™ Lock with Shrouded Shackle

Nancy said...

I like their Portable Personal Safes.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Laurie Murley said...

I would love to try the 3-1/4in (83mm) Wide Set Your Own Combination Wall Mount Key Safe

Melanie Montgomery said...

They have a finder tool to help you find the perfect lock.

Shannon F said...

I love the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; Pink!

chromiumman said...

i like the different variety of safes available

kathy pease said...

I also like the 3ft (91cm) Long x 9/64in (4mm) Diameter Welded Steel Chain with Laminated Steel Padlock

Anna Jackson said...

I learned that Master Lock supports American jobs.

MELINA said...

I learned that Master Lock has so many devices to keep our property safe. I like the bike locks

presson said...

I like the choices of different safes that they have.

Cascia Talbert said...

Great tips. I love Master Lock.

julie moore said...

I learned all the choice in colors and things that they offer

Jennifer Herman said...

I liked the 5422D – Portable Push Button Key Safe.

/\Heather/\ said...

I like the computer cables. That would make me feel better in hotels, and perhaps make me feel better about upcoming college dorm room security.

Vikki Billings said...

I also like the Model No. 5408D 1-3/4in (44mm) Wide Combination Portable Key Safe with 6in (15.2m) Cable Lanyard.
vikki.billings@yahoo.com

Jerry Marquardt said...

I learned that Master Lock has been giving awesome support and service since 1921.

John Herman said...

I like the 5422D – Portable Push Button Key Safe

Jerry Marquardt said...

On Rafflecopter, I accidentally put my Twitter account, my email is versatileer at gmail dot com.

S Carter said...

I like the Set Your Own WORD Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable to use when I study at the library.

Buddy Garrett said...

I like that Master Lock is a company whose products are made in America.

Brian E. said...

Thank You for the giveaway… we like Model No. 2120D - Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable

lilyk said...

I learned that the company was started in 1921.