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Tax Filing Options & Tips Round-Up

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Just a Reminder…

Tax Day, April 15th, 2013, will be here in only 54 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. And, they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau!

* 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). Plus, they’re rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau! If you need a more customizable version, consider purchasing TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-File + State 2012 from for only $44 + Free Shipping.

* Head over here to sign up for a FREE Federal edition of TaxACT (you’ll be able to prepare, print and electronically file your federal tax return for free). Plus, they’re rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau!
* Or consider using (Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau!) to e-file directly to the IRS completely FREE. This site has also been highly recommended by Hip2Save readers in the past!

* You may also consider using e-Smart Tax by Liberty Tax to e-file completely free. E-Smart Tax technology ensures you get your highest possible refund as well as simple step-by-step Q&A preparation, Zero hidden fees, Online or in-person help with more than 4000 Liberty Tax offices open year round and more!

More Tax-Filing Tips:

* Head over to to file your federal taxes for free

* 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.

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  • Casey says:

    I always use Turbo Tax and they are wonderful. The free version is just fine. It cost me $27.99 to file state. I highly recommend them!

  • Steph says:

    We prefer H & R block and just did our taxes this afternnon plus our son did his. So easy.

  • Laura says:

    We used Our return is simple with just a W-2 and school form and 2 kids. It was so easy and only $10 for Federal AND State! Got both refunds within 1 month!

  • DJ says:

    Look to see if your community has the VITA Tax program. The program typically does simple returns for free. I work at a college in Arizona and we host the program.

  • Nic says:

    We used H&R Block again this year since it’s cheaper then Turbo Tax which we’ve used in the past. If you haven’t done your taxes yet, you should. I did ours mid January so they would be sent on the 30th. Federal is still processing and we’ve had our state for two weeks now.

  • cannielle says:

    We are Florida residents,no state taxes. We use HR Block and already got e-deposit.

  • MacKenzie says:

    We love It’s $18 to file federal and state and it saves your tax info from year to year. You can do the federal e-file free and mail in your state, or the state e-file is $10. So either way it’s not pricey and its super easy to do!

    The free and $10 options do not pull in your previous year’s tax information into the system, so you have to retype everything and have a copy of your previous year’s returns for information, but still good options!

  • shi says:

    I use tax act too. Don’t have state taxes so its free unless you want it to import info and then its only $10 and worth it. Super easy been using them for the past 6 or 7 taxes!

  • Amy says:

    You could also try checking your state’s tax website. I live in WV and if your AGI is less than $30,000 or sometimes less than $57,000 you can file State & Federal for free, but you have to be between certain ages. There are exceptions also for military, etc. My plan is to do my taxes on something like Turbo Tax or H&R Block Federal Free, make sure I’m getting the right amount, and then file on one of the websites my state suggests.

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