FREE State e-file options for 2012 Tax Return (CA shown as example - All eligble States linked within)
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...wa
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.
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!
TaxACT 2012 Ultimate Bundle (included fed+state efile) $11.90 online version
TaxACT 2012 online and offline version FREE (with NO limitation and restriction). Free Fed e-file included.
H&R Block At Home Deluxe+State eFile FREE (check out the latest information in Wiki and the thread)
AK - No State Income Tax
AZ - Income limitations are quite restrictive; see link for details.
DC - 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
KY - Income limitations are quite restrictive
ME - Will be active starting January 16th
MA - - 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
MN - Free electronic filing of federal and Minnesota returns to qualifying individuals - See details
NV - No State Income Tax
NH - No State Income Tax, although there is tax on interest.
NJ - 2012 Available starting January 15th.
NM - Seems to not be limited by income.
NY - Available later this month. Free only for income 57000 or less.
NC - Free e-Filing is now available, I changed URL to correct page (1/24/2013)
SD - No State Income Tax
TN - No State Income Tax, although there is tax on interest.
TX - No State Income Tax
VA - 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
WY - No State Income Tax