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web based tax returns?

gen2 368 72 March 31, 2016 at 06:05 PM
need to file a simple tax return

i should qualify for the free return on pretty much any site.. now which service can i use that doesn't require any software installation? turbotax/hnr block etc?

https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile...dex.jsp?ck

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Quote from gen2 View Post :
need to file a simple tax return

i should qualify for the free return on pretty much any site.. now which service can i use that doesn't require any software installation? turbotax/hnr block etc?

https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile...dex.jsp?ck [irs.gov]
While I usually loathe to advise people to give Intuit money, in this case you wouldn't be giving them money, so just use turbotax.com [turbotax.com]. However, because they're bastards, the free state that's included expires today, so work quick.

When my taxes were simpler, I used taxslayer.com [taxslayer.com], but they don't include a free state.

Edit: weird, seems like autolinking is broken again.
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Last edited by quotidian March 31, 2016 at 06:34 PM
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So yesterday my wife and I decided to get our taxes done. Usually we go to H&R Block but last year they charged us more that $450.00. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Long story short I searched IRS for tax preparation help. I found FREE Tax Preparation [treasury.gov] for those that qualify [as seniors we do] they have discounted services too so age isn't the only thing that allows you to qualify.

The end of the story = our taxes were done for free even as complicated as they were. YEAH! laugh out loud

It can't hurt to check your zip code on that link above.
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Yeah, I would second the recommendation to avoid H&R Block's brick and mortar. I used to room with a guy who worked part time for H&R Block. At the time I'd say he probably didn't know anything more about taxes than I did, which wasn't much. Basically it was his job to enter people's tax documents into the same software you can use yourself. To get meaningful tax preparation advice, you end up spending more than you think you were going to to talk to an actual CPA.

Their tax software is okay from what I hear. Never used it myself, and I'm not sure if there's an online only version. Looks like they also charge extra for state.
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TaxAct was free federal and state for a couple i did.
I'm going to a CPA this year. with rentals etc it will be less than 500
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