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Buy your kid a computer, and save on your tax return

recovery-dot-gov-actHere’s some great news for anyone who wants to cut the costs of sending their kids to college!

Under the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, taxpayers who buy PCs for their children in 2009 and 2010 can claim those Desktops, Notebooks, and Netbooks as qualified higher education expenses.

The Act defines computer-related qualified expenses as “any expense incurred for buying any computer technology and equipment”, as well as Internet access and related services as long as the equipment and technology is used by the student and the student’s family during any of the years the student is enrolled at an eligible educational institution.

1040aAnyone with college-aged kids knows that tuition costs are skyrocketing, so this additional perk will be a welcome benefit for many. Be aware that this tax break is only in effect through 2010, so anyone who will have, or has, children in college need to start shopping for a new PC today.

This post is not to be construed as tax advice, so please consult your tax professional for more info. Applicable to U.S. Tax Filers only.

Need some ideas for new computers for the kids? Take a look at our recommendations in our previous post.

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TigerDirect Best Sellers, Price Drops, Save 50% on Windows 7

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Here are some specials from TigerDirect; and, remember, TigerDirect offers $1.99 for shipping on purchases over $100, but under 200 pounds in the contiguous lower 48 states of the US.

PRE-ORDER Windows 7 and SAVE over 50% at TigerDirect!

Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista. Windows 7 is due to be released this fall, with an estimated delivery date of October 22, 2009. Pre-order it now from TigerDirect and save 50%: Get Windows Home 7 Premium Upgrade for only $49.99, or get Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for only $99.99.

TigerDirect Exclusive Deals, Limited Time Offers, Act Now And Save!

Price Drop Alert: Offer ends Wednesday July 8

acer-22-inch-monitorTigerDirect Price Drop Alert: $139 Acer 22 LCD w/ 3yr Warranty (Ends 7/8/09): Th Acer X223WBD 22 inch widescreen monitor sells at Staples for $180, but for the next 24 hours (until July 8, 2009) you can get it at TigerDirect for $140. This monitor features a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels, a contrast ratio of 2500:1, and DVI and VGA connectors. Eligible for $1.99 shipping as described above.

Best Sellers

wifi-n-routerRecertified Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless N Router. This Wireless-N router also works with your older B or G wireless adpaters, plus it has four ports for wired connections, too. It also supports WPA, WPA2, and WEP security protocols, MAC filtering, URL filtering, and domain blocking services. Get it for only $49.99.

tomtom130SAVE $90Refurbished TomTom One130 GPS with a 3.5″ Touch Screen Display, with North American Maps for the U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket. It’s battery lasts up to 3 hours. Only $59.99

SAVE $30 – Acer X223Wbd 22″ Widescreen LCD Monitor 1680×1050 WSXGA+ 2500:1 Ratio DVI/VGA $139.99

6 Laptops under $600 — Available while supplies last

athlon-emachineSAVE $150 on an eMachines Notebook — With an AMD64 1.6GHz processor, a generous 3GB of DDR2 RAM (Memory), a 250GB hard drive (storage), and a dual layer rewriteable DVD burner. The screen measures 15.6″ diagonally, and it runs on Windows Vista Basic. Now only $349.99.

SAVE $200 on an Acer Aspire Notebook powered by an AMD Athlon X2 2.1GHz processor, 3GB of DDR2 RAM (Memory), a 320GB hard drive, and a dual layer rewriteable DVD burner. Just like the eMachine unit above, the screen measures 15.6″ diagonally, and it comes with Windows Vista Home Premium. Now only $449.99. I must admit, Acer is one of my favorite notebook manufacturers. I’d add a picture, but it looks so much like the eMachine model shown at right that I didn’t think it weas necessary. Just click the Acer Aspire Notebook link for more info and photos.

acer-hdmi-laptopSAVE $110 on an Acer Aspire Laptop (shown at left) with an AMD64 X2 2.1GHz processor, 3GB of DDR2 RAM (Memory), 320GB of storage space on the hard drive, a 15.6″ LED display (LED is a newer technology for displays. Newer than LCD,), and it runs on Windows Vista Home Premium. Oh, yes, it also features an  HDMI connection for plugging into your home theatre system or an external hi-def monitor. Now only $479.99.

gateway-laptopSAVE $70 on a Gateway Laptop (shown at right in red) with an AMD64 1.9GHz processor, 3GB of DDR2 RAM (Memory), a 320GB hard drive for storing your files, photos, and music, etc., a 14.1″ screen, and its all running on Windows Vista Home Premium. It, too, features an  HDMI connection for plugging into your home theatre system or an external hi-def monitor. Now only $479.99.

SAVE $450 on a refurbished HP Notebook with an AMD Athlon X2 2GHz processor, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a large 16″ TFT (TFT refers to “thin film transistor” technology for hi-res LCD displays. There is a seperate transistor for each pixel on the screen.) Runs on Windows Vista Home Premium. Now only $499.99.

acer-hdmiSAVE $50 on a refurbished Acer Aspire Laptop (at left) with a Intel Core2Duo T6400 2.0GHz processor, a fantastic 4GB or DDR2 RAM (memory), a 250GB hard drive, a 16″ display, and Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit edition). Now only $599.99. It has an HDMI connection on it like the  Gateway and Acer units listed above. This makes a great gaming laptop.

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