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Feb 16 2018
8 months ago
2:22 PM MDT

Tax Troubles? These 8 Tax Programs are FREE and Easy To Use

Feb 16, 2018 @ 2:22 PM MDT
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It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – tax season (said no one ever)! 😒 Tax day (Tuesday, April 17th this year) will be here before you know it, so here are some options and preparation packages to help you file your taxes.

File for FREE with H&R Block — even with deductions.

Through March 31st, head over to H&R Block where you can possibly file your taxes online for FREE! This year more people than ever can file their taxes online for FREE with the H&R Block More Zero promotion – even if you own a home, make charitable donations, and itemize deductions, you may qualify for the free tax filing!

Hip Tip: You can apply for a refund advance up to $3,000 with 0% interest!

With Turbo Tax, both State AND Federal are FREE!

TurboTax is allowing taxpayers to file Federal (1040A or 1040 EZ) AND State tax returns completely FREE with TurboTax Absolute Zero. For those who need to upgrade to more advanced tax preparation software, check out these deals at Amazon on Deluxe, Premier, and Home & Business Starter Edition.

Hip Tip: When you file with TurboTax, you can score a bonus 1,000 Rapid Rewards Southwest Points and a FREE Credit Score check. (And after taxes, you may just need a vacay.)

Get advanced features at no extra cost with FreeTax USA.

Consider using to e-file your Federal return directly to the IRS, and you can choose from their Simple, Basic, or Advanced filing programs – all for free! Add a state return for only $12.95.

Hip Tip: This site has been highly recommended by our Hip2Save readers!

Surprise filing fees? Not with Credit Karma Tax.

Filing with Credit Karma Tax is as FREE as it gets! Head over here to get started with your free federal AND state return. You can also apply for a no-fee, interest-free advance through their Earlybird Advance program while you wait for your return to process.

Hip Tip: Have questions? They offer a live chat feature should you need any help!

Head into a Liberty Tax office for cash back incentives.

If you work in education (whether you’re a teacher or otherwise employed in a school district), Liberty Tax will do your taxes for FREE! They also offer competitive pricing for those not in education, along with great incentives.

Hip Tip: Get up to $50 cash when you complete a paid return or when you refer a friend who completes a paid return! *These are only available for in-office returns

File with confidence at TaxAct with the $100k Guarantee.

Head over here to sign up for a FREE Federal and FREE State edition of TaxACT where you’ll be able to prepare, print, and electronically file your federal tax return for free.

Hip Tip: With the TaxAct 100k Guarantee, if you receive a smaller refund or larger tax liability from TaxAct compared to another preparation service, they’ll refund the difference up to $100,000!

eSmart Tax features simple and FREE filing.

You can also file through e-Smart Tax by Liberty Tax to e-file completely FREE. E-Smart Tax technology ensures you get your highest possible refund. They also offer a simple step-by-step Q&A preparation and zero hidden fees.

Hip Tip: Get online or in-person help with more than 4,000 Liberty Tax offices open year round!

Get gift cards for filing your taxes through Tax Slayer.

File your Federal AND State return for FREE when you use the TaxSlayer Simply Free plan. You can also get a refund advance up to $1,000 with their refundNow program and low pricing on their advanced filing software.

Hip Tip: You can participate in TaxPerks by earning points when you file your taxes and refer friends, then redeem the points for gift cards!

More Tax-Filing Tips:

Head to to file your federal taxes for free (income must be below $66,000).

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 then they’re reviewed by the professor to ensure 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.

Check for VITA-assisted filing. Families that earned less than $54,000 in 2017, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers may qualify for assistance through the VITA Program. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Find a VITA Volunteer site in your community by clicking here.

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