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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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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, AK, AZ, and AR
AL, AK, AZ, and AR aren't showing links in wiki. I updated AZ since that's my state.

AZ Link: http://www.azdor.gov/EServices/Individuals.aspx
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AL, AK, AZ, and AR aren't showing links in wiki. I updated AZ since that's my state.
Yea, two people updating the wiki at the same time. I fixed it.
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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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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
Lol nice - i searched for a list and kept getting jiberish search results... wonder if we should just add each individual link to the wiki to save everyone 3 clicks? Repped.
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uptaded wiki with GA
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Added Maryland's iFile site to the wiki.
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Added IL - it has been free for years. Need your pin from the state, but you can look that up at the same site with last year's AGI.

http://www.revenue.state.il.us/El...eorPay.htm
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Added MN - Free file with AGI restrictions See Details Here [mn.us]
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Added NJ - http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/t...file.shtml

2012 Webfile will be available starting January 15th.
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Added virginia's - although it's not working now.

Essentially it's a digital version of their paper form - use any tax software to calculate and enter the values yourself.
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Thanks! Will look into this when my W-2s actually show up... which will likely be a day before the deadline my employer has to send them out.
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Live in DC, work in MD...which state should I file with?
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Live in DC, work in MD...which state should I file with?
You should pay DC taxes.
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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.
For your combine income of $340k, you may not qualify for (or may not care because only save so little) Health spending account (HSA) or your health care plan may be very good and cover everything. But a lot of people do use HSA. And likes someone said, for CA, if you have have HSA, you can't efile for free at CA for some reason.
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