Last Edited by desi_babu_2010
January 8, 2020
There are always a million comments in these tax threads. Hope this doesn't get buried...
I hate seeing people get screwed into paying loads for tax prep because companies like Intuit and and H&R block lobby to make filing taxes a pain in the ass. Most people do not have particularly complex tax needs, and 70% of people in the US qualify for free tax preparation based on income. Feel free to copy/paste this info wherever relevant.
If you make less than $66,000 in Adjusted Gross Income you qualify for free tax preparation (looks like it's going to be $69,000 for the 2019 tax year). Below are some resources.
One of the best resources I know of is the non-profit The United Way. They offer tax preparation using H&R Block Deluxe. This allows you to file your Federal returns and up to 3 state returns for free. State filling is where you'll generally get charged a premium, and the Deluxe version they offer is a step up from H&R Block's "free" offering. Check it out here: https://www.myfreetaxes.com
While you can produce your state return for free, you may not be able to e-file for free. If that is the case, you can certainly print and mail your return for free. Many states also offer their own free e-file solutions. Here is some info on which states offer free e-filing: https://www.mymoneyblog.com/free-...tates.html
If you need more assistance the IRS makes volunteers available to assist people in doing their returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and they offer assistance to older adults through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Find a location near you here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/f...volunteers
Many city and county office also have free tax preparation available to citizens at libraries and government offices throughout tax season. Check your local government website.