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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!

Quote from deldem View Post :
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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#76
Awesome, thank you! I wish I knew about this years ago.

Why pay extra $40 for State (TurboTax state download + e-file), when I can use TurboTax Deluxe to print and mail state?
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#77
Free e-Filing is now available for NC residents. I have edited the link to go directly to the correct page.

http://www.dor.state.nc.us/electr...tware.html

Quote from Boltface View Post :
You're right no point in having that link, it's worthless.
It's available now.
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#78
The last two years I wasted money buying TurboTax Federal & State only to re-enter everything into the state's website and file with the state for free. This year I'll be buying just the federal + e-file and saving some money.
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#79
Starting to get all my tax forms in the mail Smilie ... wonder how much my new son is going to to get me back! certainly not more than ive already paid out but i'll take what i can get!
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#80
Thanks
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#81
Awesome, thank you very much for this thread. This will be the first time I'm doing my taxes myself (always had a CPA do it) so whatever info I can come across such as this is great. +1
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#82
Just had my tax done through Turbo Tax and gone through this free state e-file. It's bit ironic but I had to pay $1 more for tax return compare to turbotax..i guess they rounded up the numbers or something.. Still, thanks!!! +1

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Starting to get all my tax forms in the mail Smilie ... wonder how much my new son is going to to get me back! certainly not more than ive already paid out but i'll take what i can get!
That's what I thought until I realized there's a income limit for that too... I claimed it last year but not this year....
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#83
done and done.

thank you OP and all those who contributed Wink
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#84
I've been looking at this for a while and put my info into both H&R Block and Turbo Tax but can't figure this out...

How do you print your state return without paying first?

Thanks in advance!
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Quote from Tammylynn View Post :
I've been looking at this for a while and put my info into both H&R Block and Turbo Tax but can't figure this out...

How do you print your state return without paying first?

Thanks in advance!
trying to figure this out too!
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Quote from Tammylynn View Post :
I've been looking at this for a while and put my info into both H&R Block and Turbo Tax but can't figure this out...

How do you print your state return without paying first?

Thanks in advance!
Why not try TaxACT which is FREE including free federal efile without any income restriction?
Both offline application and online version are free to use and free to print the tax return and free to e-file (again, no limitation)

http://slickdeals.net/f/5821388-FEDERAL-TAX-E-File-for-FREE-No-income-limit?v=1
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trying to figure this out too!
Its not letting me view the return without paying first?? I got federal done but I cant even preview state. Any suggestions?
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