The tax filing documents are arriving in the mail and piling up on the desk. Unless you know for sure you're due a refund, the tendency by most is to procrastinate, especially given some changes the IRS has implemented on living expenses such as healthcare.
While TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxAct are all very popular tax filing services and software options, and offer some resources for free, there are several sites that don't require you to pay a nickel and are chockful of tips, advice and insight. So stop procrastinating, check out these sites and we have a feeling you'll have that tax return in the mail a few weeks earlier than you've had in the past.
OnePrice Taxes is on the cheaper end of tax services, costing just $19.95 for both federal and state tax filings, regardless of the type of 1040 form filed.
OnePrice Taxes is a good option for those with simple returns as it's simply set up and presents easy to follow directions.
For those whose returns are a bit more complicated, TaxSlayer may be a good resource as its content is more comprehensive. There are three pricing options for federal returns, including a basic free version, a "Classic" edition for $12.95, and a "Premium" edition for $34.95.
For the free federal version, however, filing the state return costs $23.90, and with the other two versions it costs $14.95.
One of the nice things about TaxSlayer is that it provides audit support and assistance.
OnLine Taxes provides users with a cheap flat-fee pricing of $7.95, which lets users import data from last year to get a a year-over-year comparison and there is also an audit feature.
This is another service aimed at the simple tax return.
Complete Tax is another good option for basic filers, and includes a free version and priced versions ranging from $14.95 to $34.95 and state returns ranging from $9.95 to $26.95.
CompleteTax should be used by people who have a pretty good idea of what they need to do, as the company does not provide phone support or free 1040 filings for those with dependants.
ezTaxReturn is good for a number of reasons, including the fact the price is the same regardless of the type of 1040 filed. The federal return is $29.95, the state form costs $19.95. The company also offers a discount for those who file both, charging $39.95. The service does not charge extra for those who are self-employed.
The service is very streamlined and easy to use, which is great for those who do not know too much about tax filding.