Top Tax Preparation Deals
Tax time – like winter – is a season most people would rather skip, but you can make the inevitable easier and cheaper with tax preparation coupons, deals and offers. Instead of paying a tax preparer, save money and do it yourself with guidance from professionally prepared tax programs. Take advantage of the many promo codes and other specials we've compiled so you'll feel great knowing you're getting a bargain for handling your finances on your own.
When looking for tax preparation deals, decide which method works best for you: online, downloadable or physical format. All the major companies let you complete a return online either on your computer or through a phone app. TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxAct also provide downloadable editions of each program so you can work at your own pace and not worry about an active internet connection.
Besides formats you can obtain online, TurboTax and H&R Block still publish software CDs and DVDs that you can buy online or at some of your favorite stores. You'll find tax preparation discounts for these formats in brick-and-mortar stores such as Staples and Office Depot in early spring. If you want the added support of a live person, you can also talk with an H&R Block specialist in standalone stores or in stations within superstores. Watch those locations for additional tax preparation offers, such as bonus gift cards when you file your taxes.
Most companies let you file a simple federal return free. However, there's usually a separate price for filing a state return. While Credit Karma lists both free, others list varying fees for state submissions and/or for filing electronically. For example, TurboTax and TaxAct allow you to input your information and see a potential refund but only charge you to file it, whereas H&R Block charges beforehand or deducts the charge from the refund.
The price of tax preparation can change throughout the year, so it's to your benefit to get your return in early for sure savings. If you're willing to share tax software with family members, you can score some serious savings by getting TurboTax on sale and taking advantage of the multi-user household license. Some companies also provide discounts for students, military members, and low-income families, so check if you're eligible for that, too.