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FREE State e-file options for 2012 Tax Return (CA shown as example - All eligble States linked within)

jackc6900 444 January 4, 2013 at 08:28 AM in Finance (5)
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This post will require some collaboration but a few of the other threads got me thinking that there are several states that allow free e-file, that some of you likely don't know about. Most tax return software will often leave free state e-file off the table and will either make you pay $20 to e-file or make you snail mail it in, costing you postage, delivery confirmation, a trip to the post office and a slow refund, if applicable. Since I live in CA I will do a quick run through of what I have done in the past. The process will be the same but if you know your state has a similar free e-file option - add a link to the wiki!

1. Do your fed + state return in your tax software (H&R Block, Turbo Tax, etc)
2. Print or create a PDF version of your state tax return as if you're going to mail it.
3. Go to your state's free e-filing website, for CA it is... https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individual...ware.shtml
4. There is certain criteria to e-file through the website but unless you make over $300k and have some crazy tax credits you likely qualify.
5. Literally copy over the information from the H&R Block Tax forms into the state tax forms - they make it pretty easy to do.
6. Submit and get confirmation number - process takes maybe 10 mins it's so quick and without the added cost of paying your tax software to submit it. hug

Edit: All states will have their own criteria on who does and does not qualify, feel free to add a quick snipet in the wiki but to avoid mucking up the wiki to much it might justbe easier to take a peek at your states filing website and see if you meet the criteria. Most states set these sites up though with the general populous in mind - they tend to want to disqualify the top earners which I imagine varies by state.

Edit2: Full listing here - we'll keep adding to wiki to save on some clicks!! Thanks for everyones help, i've been repping like crazy!

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States Participating in the Federal/State e-File Program
http://www.irs.gov/uac/States-Par...le-Program

States Processing State Only Returns
http://www.irs.gov/uac/States-Pro...ly-Returns
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Last Edited by MozartA February 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM
For Federal FREE or low cost return without any restriction.

TaxACT 2012 Ultimate Bundle (included fed+state efile) $11.90 online version
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TaxACT 2012 online and offline version FREE (with NO limitation and restriction). Free Fed e-file included.
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H&R Block At Home Deluxe+State eFile FREE (check out the latest information in Wiki and the thread)
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Running list.

AL [alabama.gov]
AK - No State Income Tax
AZ [azdor.gov] - Income limitations are quite restrictive; see link for details.
AR [arkansas.gov]
CA [ca.gov]
CO [colorado.gov]
CT [ct.gov]
DE [delaware.gov]
DC [taxpayerservicecenter.com] - DCfreefile will be available January 22, 2013. Unless you free-filed with DC last year, there may be some income restrictions.
FL - No State Income Tax
GA [ga.gov]
HI [hawaii.gov]
ID [idaho.gov]
IL [il.us]
IN [in.gov]
IA [iowa.gov]
KS [kansas.gov]
KY [ky.gov] - Income limitations are quite restrictive
LA [louisiana.gov]
ME [maine.gov] - Will be active starting January 16th
MD [marylandtaxes.com]
MA [ma.us] - - Eligible if 1. full MA resident 2. No installment sales capital gains and 3. No Brownfields Credit or the Economic Opportunity Area Credit? So most everyone should be eligible. Much better than last year
MI [michigan.gov]
MN [mn.us] - Free electronic filing of federal and Minnesota returns to qualifying individuals - See details
MS [ms.gov]
MO [mo.gov]
MT [mt.gov]
NE [revenue.ne.gov]
NV - No State Income Tax
NH [nh.gov] - No State Income Tax, although there is tax on interest.
NJ [nj.us] - 2012 Available starting January 15th.
NM [nm.us] - Seems to not be limited by income.
NY [ny.gov] - Available later this month. Free only for income 57000 or less.
NC [nc.us] - Free e-Filing is now available, I changed URL to correct page (1/24/2013)
ND [statefillableforms.com]
OH [ohio.gov]
OK [ok.gov]
OR [oregon.gov]
PA [pa.us]
RI [ri.gov]
SC [sctax.org]
SD - No State Income Tax
TN [tn.gov] - No State Income Tax, although there is tax on interest.
TX - No State Income Tax
UT [utah.gov]
VT [vt.us]
VA [statefillableforms.com] - No limits for the basic, digital version of state form (IE use external tax software to calculate the values and enter them yourself)
WA - No State Income Tax
WV [wv.us]
WI [wi.us]
WY - No State Income Tax

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Adding the following.

KS - https://www.kansas.gov/webfile
MO - http://dor.mo.gov/personal/indivi...freeonline

Updated the wiki with NE, OK, CO, and MA from monkster456's post.
Updated the wiki with AL, AZ, and AR
Updated the wiki with states with no state tax.
Updated the wiki for HI, ID, MS, MT, NM, NC, ND, RI, VT, and WV
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For CA: CalFile Qualifications:
https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/cal...ions.shtml
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Adding the following.

KS - https://www.kansas.gov/webfile
MO - http://dor.mo.gov/personal/indivi...freeonline
The two states I need! Thanks sir, reps
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Haven't tried this before but NJ has a site: http://www.njwebfile.com/ but it indicates the 2012 filing site won't be open until 1/15 or so.
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4. There is certain criteria to e-file through the website but unless you make over $300k and have some crazy tax credits you likely qualify.
Just checked for GA, and unless I'm missing something, $57K AGI is the limit for free e-File.
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For CA: CalFile Qualifications:
https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/cal...ions.shtml
Lot of restrictions. Capital gains, healthcare spending account (why?), rental properties, etc. Good for those that are able to meet all of the criteria.
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Just checked for GA, and unless I'm missing something, $57K AGI is the limit for free e-File.
Every state is different. Anyone can file for free on Kansas's website, but in Missouri they are part of the free efile alliance which has a similar restriction.
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For CA: CalFile Qualifications:
https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/cal...ions.shtml
Nice thanks - I imagine most of the general populous will fall into the qualify category. I consider myself normal... married, with a house and a kid, same job all year as did the wife and we make under $340k. No capital gains/losses or bonds or anything like that.
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Updated wiki with Connecticut:

https://drsindtax.ct.gov/AUT/welc...idual.aspx
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Lot of restrictions. Capital gains, healthcare spending account (why?), rental properties, etc. Good for those that are able to meet all of the criteria.
Be careful with HSA though because I had an HSA last year and still qualified because the plan was sponsered by my employer so the money came out of my check before taxes were calculated so there was no "HSA deductions" even though I had an HSA account. So if you have an account don't get discouraged.
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added UT to the wiki, or full url here

https://tap.tax.utah.gov/TaxExpress/_/#1
[utah.gov]
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Adding SC... looks the same as GA $57K AGI is the limit.

http://www.sctax.org/Electronic+S...e_free.htm
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