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Master Lock Offers Digital Tools, Advice and Refund Rewards to Ease Tax Season

Master Lock Offers Digital Tools, Advice and Refund Rewards to Ease Tax Season 
National Sweepstakes for Master Lock(R) Vault Subscribers Provides
$1,000 Boost to Five Consumers 
MILWAUKEE, WI -- (Marketwire) -- 03/11/13 --  According to the IRS,
the popularity of filing taxes online hit an all-time high of 80
percent last year. Master Lock is providing consumers with advice for
a secure and simple tax filing experience, eliminating the need for
paperwork. As an added bonus for taxpayers, consumers across the U.S.
are invited to register today for a Master Lock Vault account -- a
safe and secure online storage and organization system -- and submit
an entry for a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes in the Master
Lock "Tax Relief Rewards" Sweepstakes.  
"We know that filing taxes can be a cumbersome and nerve-wracking
process for many people, which is why we want to make it as simple as
possible and even extra rewarding for some," said Rebecca Smith, vice
president, marketing for Master Lock. "By using the Master Lock Vault
and other digital tax preparation tools, tax payers no longer have to
worry about sorting through stacks of paperwork or waiting in long
lines at the post office to file. Not only do these tools make
preparation faster and easier, but they offer increased security and
eliminate the risks associated with hard-copy files of important or
confidential documents, such as checks or W-2 forms."  
Follow these five tips to utilize digital technology to its full
advantage to make the complete process -- from organizing receipts to
claiming a refund -- quick and simple. 
1. Request electronic copies of your tax forms. Many employers offer
employees the option to receive their W-2 forms electronically,
instead of by mail. By eliminating the risk of postal delays or
missed deliveries, this ensures that your W-2 will be delivered
securely as soon as it is available. Plus, faster W-2s can mean
faster tax returns. 
2. Securely store documents online. Avoid the mess of a mound of
paperwork by storing -- and organizing -- all of your tax-related
documents online. By utilizing a free, secure service such as the
Master Lock Vault (www.masterlockvault.com) you'll have easy access
to all of your files wherever you are and help ensure that none of
your paper documents will ever be lost, misplaced, stolen or damaged.
Not only can you upload PDF forms, but you can upload photos from
your phone of important receipts and expenses for your records. All
data is instantly synchronized between the website and the App.
Bonus: securely store log-in information for your bank accounts and
tax filing site in the Vault so you'll never have to worry about
forgetting your username or password. 
3. Think taxes year-round. Don't wait until you're ready to file your
taxes to start collecting and organizing the supporting documents
you'll need to complete your return. Avoid the scramble by capturing
and uploading a digital image of your receipt each time you pay the
babysitter or have a tax deductible transaction, fill a prescription
at the pharmacy, or make a charitable contribution such as dropping
off a clothing donation to your local thrift store.  
4. Opt for direct deposit. If you've done everything else online, why
request a hard-copy check when it comes time to claim your refund?
When combined with electronic filing, direct deposit is the fastest
way to get your refund. If you're on the other side of the spectrum
and find that you owe taxes, opt to pay online and you can avoid the
long tax-season lines at the post office.  
5. Call for help. Sometimes, outside advice is necessary, and you can
now get the help you need without leaving home. Based on the
complexity of your question, there are a variety of resources to turn
to. For example, the IRS offers a toll-free hotline for tax questions
during weekdays. Several tax-prep software providers also offer
guidance via online forums or on their social media feeds.  
Master Lock "Tax Relief Rewards" Sweepstakes
 An added bonus of
utilizing the Master Lock Vault to organize the tax filing process
this year is the chance to win $1,000 to supplement your tax refund,
or help ease the burden of additional taxes owed. To enter, new users
can register for a Vault account at www.masterlock.com/tax_relief or
www.MasterLockVault.com. Once the account has been activated, users
will receive an email containing the sweepstakes entry form. Existing
Vault users who have opted in for brand communications will receive
an email with the sweepstakes entry form once the sweepstakes kicks
off March 11. One entry will be accepted per person through April 16,
when the sweepstakes closes and five winners will be drawn at random. 
Master Lock Vault
 Benefits of the 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(R), Android(R), Kindle(R)
or Nook(R) 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 Vault serves as a digital safe deposit box for quick
and easy access to valuable information anytime, anywhere. 
For more information and to get started, visit
www.masterlockvault.com or www.facebook.com/masterlock. To learn more
about Master Lock, visit www.masterlock.com/about_us/press_room.jsp.
To download high-res images, visit www.masterlockimages.com.  
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 and the District
of Columbia ("D.C."), 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 11, 2013 and ends on April 16, 2013 at 6:59:59 a.m. CDT. 
Entrants can either access www.masterlockvault.com or
www.masterlock.com/tax_relief 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 Vault subscribers will receive an email containing a
link to the Sweepstakes entry form. For complete rules, go to
www.masterlock.com/pdfs/ML_Tax_Relief_Rewards_SS_Rules.pdf. Sponsor:
Master Lock Company LLC, 137 W. Forest Hill Avenue, Oak Creek, WI
53154. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, administered,
endorsed or associated with Facebook. 
*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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Contact: 
Laura Colar 
630.916.3047
laurac@jsha.com 
Samantha Colla
630.916.3035
samanthac@jsha.com 
 
 
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