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Another year, another tax filing season. Tax Day’ll be here before you know it! Luckily, we have some easy programs that let you file for FREE so you can tackle tax prep simply (and without opening your wallet).
Head over to H&R Block where you can file your taxes online for FREE! Their free online tax filing includes twice as many forms as Turbo Tax includes child & dependent care expenses, student loan interest deduction, tuition and fees statement, and health coverage exemptions.
TurboTax is allowing taxpayers to file Federal (1040A or 1040 EZ) AND State tax returns completely FREE with TurboTax Free Edition. For those who need to upgrade to more advanced tax preparation software, they’re currently offering their Deluxe, Premier, and Self-Employed online filing programs for up to $30 off!
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.)
Consider using FreeTaxUSA.com 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 for its easy to use platform and no-nonsense pricing!
Filing with Credit Karma Tax is as FREE as it gets! Head over to Credit Karma’s site to get started with your free federal AND state return. And if you filed with another tax prep software last year, you can take advantage of their Jumpstart service to import last year’s return from H&R Block, TurboTax, or TaxAct.
Head over to TaxACT to sign up for a FREE Federal and FREE State edition of their software where you’ll be able to prepare, print, and electronically file your federal tax return for free. They’re even offering a bonus when you opt to receive part of your refund on a gift card.
Hip Tip: If you’re a KeyBank member, they’ll cover the cost of filing your taxes with TaxAct! Get more information at the Key Bank website.
File through e-Smart Tax by Liberty Tax to e-file your Federal return completely FREE. E-Smart Tax technology ensures you get your highest possible refund and they offer a simple step-by-step Q&A preparation, along with FREE chat support. State returns are available as well starting at $29.99.
Hip Tip: Get online or in-person help with more than 4,000 Liberty Tax offices open year round!
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 Tax Slayer Refund Advance 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 IRS.gov 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 visiting the AARP website.
If you are in the military, check out Military One Source for more information about different tax filing resources available.
Check for VITA-assisted filing. Families that earned less than $54,000 in 2018, 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 visiting the IRS tax prep website.
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