It’s tax season, and there’s only a few weeks left before this year’s April 18th deadline (yes, Tax Day is the 18th this year!). I already filed my taxes and divided my refund between rebuilding my savings and paying extra on my student loans. I also didn’t pay a cent to do my taxes.
Just like I did last year, I thought I’d do a round-up of places that are offering some sort of free tax deal. They all have restrictions and usually you have to pay to file your state taxes. (Depending on the state, you may not have to file or can easily file yourself. Find out if your state has free e-file.)
Before I get to the list, let me say, I am not a tax expert. I have no tax training and I cannot give you any advice on how to do your taxes. If your situation is complicated or you’re not sure about how to do your taxes, I recommend going to see a professional.
Here we go:
TaxAct’s Free Federal Edition this year supports “1040, 1040A, & 1040EZ, Schedules A, B, C, D and much more” according to their site.
Filing a state return is only $14.95.
This year CompleteTax is offering their Basic return (normally $9.95) for free. According to their site it includes commonly used tax forms and schedules, handles single, married filing jointly and married filing separately filing status, and supports the earned income tax credit (EITC).
The fee to file a state return is $25.46.
H&R Block At Home
H&R Block at Home has their Free Edition available with Audit Support. The list of forms supported is long…but includes Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ for people filing single, plus student loan interest and tuition.
State returns cost an additional $30.95.
For this year, TurboTax has a Federal Free Edition that will file 1040EZ and “simple returns.” You can also start trying it without creating a user ID or saving your information.
Filing a state return will cost $30.95.
FreeTaxUSA offers a free return that they say covers all federal returns. The only thing that seems to be audit assistance and unlimited amended returns, which are included in the deluxe edition for $5.95. I’ve never used this site, but it sounds like a great deal. Get all the details here.
To file a state return is only $9.95.
I believe all of these sites let you start your return for free and you don’t pay until you file, so you can always try out a couple and see what you like best.
These are only a few of the big sites that offer free returns online. The IRS has compiled a list that you may want to check out if none of the options suit you. I’d also love to hear what tax services you’ve used in the past and plan to use this year.
Don’t forget to be smart with the way you spend your refund once you get it!