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Tax Filing Options & Tips Round-Up

11:27 AM MST
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Just a Reminder…

Tax Day, April 16th, 2013 will be here in only 69 days! So here’s a round up of a few tax filing options and FREE software programs that you may want to take advantage of. Also feel free to share any tips that you may have learned throughout the years!

* Head on over here where you can file completely FREE with H&R Block At Home that also now includes FREE live tax advice. It is FREE to prepare, FREE to print, FREE to e-file, includes FREE live tax advice, FREE audit support, representation from an enrolled agent, and 100% Accuracy Guarantee and Maximum Refund Guarantee. Plus 1 FREE federal e-file is included.

* Head over here to sign up for a FREE Federal edition of Turbo Tax (you’ll be able to prepare, print and electronically file your federal tax return for free). If you need a more customizable version, consider purchasing TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-File + State 2012 from for only $44 + Free Shipping.

* You can also head over to the Turbo Tax Facebook page and click on the Get Offer link to snag a unique coupon valid for $10 off when you file with TurboTax Deluxe Online by 2/8.

* Or consider using, or (all have been highly recommended by Hip2Save readers in the past!)

More Tax-Filing Tips:

* Head over to to file your federal taxes for free (this should be available later in January)

* Check the daily deal sites… Groupon has offered up significantly reduced vouchers for online tax preparation products in the past and will likely have similar offers over the next few months.

* Check with your local college. One reader reported that the accounting students at her local college will do her tax returns for free and they are then reviewed by the professor to ensure that they are correct.

* AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes. Find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in your community by clicking here.

* If you are in the military, check out Military One Source for more information about different resources that are available. Active Duty Military can file for free with and with e-Smart Tax by Liberty Tax.

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  • K says:

    Turbotax had a deal on their fb page for $10 off filing with them. The code is emailed to you and expires 2/8 I believe

  • Katie @ says:

    I used H&R Block at Home, and it was super easy and thorough.

  • M says:

    Military one source offers free H & R Block at Home service for all military members. Even state returns are free.

  • sue says:

    do you know if this is short form or can you file long form also. what if i have alot of deductions or if i have any questions. where can i go to have my taxes done in person and i am miliitary

  • michelle says:

    I’m not sure the H&R block one actually works out to be free unless you have a very simple return. I tried using it last night & once I entered by information it told me that I qualified for the deluxe version and that there was a cost since I had itemized deductions. Seemed a little misleading to me, but I still went through with it because it was cheaper than other options I had found.

    Don’t you have to be below a certain income level to use the free file? I thought I read that your AGI had to be $57,000 or less.

  • Hanif says:

    im happy with

  • K. White says:

    I used turbotax online through a link that my credit union online banking site had. It gave me the normally $40 version filed for $19.99. Even with the software you buy, state filing charges still apply I believe. There was no way around paying that for me. Still happy to have filed both for about $50, considering that we itemize and never qualify for a simple return.

  • Megan says:

    Check your bank or credit union to see if they have discounts. My credit union always has a link on their website, which allows me to get a discount on TurboTax. I use it every year. It includes It’s Deductible which always surprises me with how much it gives me for donated items as a charitable contribution. Our taxes can get a little complicated with investments, write-offs, and the like, but TurboTax makes it easy for me and it fills in a bunch of the info automatically from last year. Anyway, just thought I would add my two cents…

  • janice says:

    Most of these are fee FEDERAL efile only and then they charge you for State. The following link is ALL FREE if you meet certain criteria.

  • shelaghc says:

    The best deal that I’ve ever had was VITA tax prep through my local library. I found out about refunds I never knew I was eligible for.

  • Elaine says:

    I just wanted to say thanks to a fellow hipster. They mentioned turbo tax freedom a few weeks ago. Wish I would have known about it for last two years I filed and had to pay. Thanks again!

  • Melinda D says:

    I have used the Turbo Tax Freedom edition for years now and I love it. You have to qualify to use it but when you do it is completely free for both federal and state (if your state participates) including e-filing. To qualify you have to have an adjusted gross income of $31,000 (or less) OR be able to claim EIC OR are military with an adjusted gross income of $57,000 (or less). Here is a link if anyone wants to check it out:

  • Sara says:

    I’ve been using Free Tax USA for years, love it. They only charge $9.95 to file your state return and they are very fast, already got my 2012 refund.

    • Laura says:

      I used them for the first time this year and thought they were great. And seriously, why would anyone pay $40 for doing the same thing does for $10?! Aren’t we all looking for less expensive but same great quality?

  • Laura A says:

    The AARP tax help can actually be used by anyone. They state that they offer help with “special attention to low income and those 60 and older.” Our library schedules anyone, regardless of age/income!!

  • Valerie says:

    Just my two cents, my mom is a CPA and I worked for her for several years, I highly recommend going to a Certified Tax Professional instead of doing them yourself or going to a here today, gone after April tax strip mall. I can’t tell you how many times people have come to see my mom when a problem comes up and they find out their taxes have been wrong for years. You may be saving money in the short run by not paying a CPA to do your taxes but consider what you may be losing by not completing your taxes correctly….

    • julie says:

      I agree! For the first three years hubby and I just went down to HRblock and the 4th year I was working from home so we went to a CPA and she got us double back what we were getting with HRblock. We have never gone back and I wouldn’t dream of going back or doing them myself. Even now that I’m not working from home we still use her and continually get back a good amount. Plus, you can write off the amount you pay to have your taxes prepared.

    • Liz says:

      It seems likely that her perspective is biased since she is more likely to have people who had problems with other preparation come to see her. The one time I saw a CPA, I had to change the return for a mistake I found immediately AND file an ammended return when I discovered another problem the next year. I realize there are good CPAs out there, but I am sure I did a better job than him the other years I have filed my own itemized return using tax software.

  • Nicole says:

    if you are in Indiana you can file tour federal taxes however you choose but check out Indiana freefile here because regardless of whether you’ve filed federal or not you can file your state taxes for FREE If you meet the restrictions (which are pretty high limits). you do not have to file your federal with the same program as the state taxes in Indiana. hth!

  • Michelle says:

    I used a disk sent from H & R Block that had a special “name your price” valid until 2/8. The minimum was .95 so that’s what I entered for Deluxe Federal, E-File Federal, and State. E-filed our Federal (hubby and I are both self-employed and had 1099’s so everywhere else recommended the Deluxe Version), and mailed state (to e-file state would have been $19.95 more and since we owe, we’re going to hang onto it until closer to the filing deadline). Total cost including tax: $1.01!! I used last year’s return (from our accountant) as a guideline, and found it quite simple.

  • Amanda Mitchell says:

    Don’t forget about ebates!!! Turbo Tax is 7.5% cash back and HR Block is 20% back.

  • Robyn says:

    My mom used HR Block online yesterday and because shes over 52 years old they charged her 19.99 can you say that is wrong!!!!

  • bettyj says:

    My 21 yo student grandaughter tried to file her taxes with HR Block and everything on it said free until the last page where you actually sent it and it was 19.99 plus tax. It was only a federal return, we do not have state income tax here and since she is a student she made very little. Since it was so easy we printed the forms from IRS and mailed it. I think what HR Block is doing is misleading and maybe switch and bait if that is the correct term.

  • Jen says:

    Please be careful using the online services. They are only as good as the information put in. I’ve seen many people owe thousands of dollars because deductions were (unknowingly) double-counted, usually via TurboTax. Personally, I used to use TaxAct for several years until last year. It was not calculating my tax correctly. I ended up using another service, and that went through properly. I tried to contact TaxAct and never received a response. Lesson: if I didn’t know what my tax calculation should’ve been, it would’ve cost me $1200! I also know someone who was running into the same issue this year with H&R Block At Home. Because of the late tax law changes, everyone was scrambling to be ready for the start of the filing season. And CPAs aren’t always the answer. A honest, knowledgable tax professional is the answer, unless you are in the most basic of situations. PLEASE know and trust who you choose to prepare your taxes, and don’t rely on an automated service if you don’t know what the end result should be. What comes with an audit besides just paying back money is interest, penalties, missed work, the hassle of finding and organizing old documents, and unnecessary stress.

  • Renae says:

    So excited! Just filed my taxes going through the Chase site and had a $10 promotional code from TurboTax on facebook…filed using the delux version for $9.99 woohoo!!!

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