As we head into tax season, here are our top 6 Free Online Tax Filing Options – each has their own unique features. Take a look and file for free this year!
Free Online Tax Filing Options
Tax Day for 2020 has been extended until July 15th! If you're still needing to file your taxes, there are a LOT of free online tax filing options to choose from, and each have their own unique features. Here is a list of the ones we have found and a quick overview of what they bring to the table.
You can file both state and federal taxes for free with Credit Karma Tax. Out of over a million reviews, it's rated 4.8 out of 5 – so there are lots of satisfied users. They also have 24/7 chat available if you run into questions while filing. Credit Karma Tax has a max refund guarantee – should you still receive a bigger federal refund or owe less in federal taxes when filing an amended return through another online tax prep service, they'll cover the difference up to $100 (min. $25) in the form of a gift card.
TIP: You can also get your FREE Credit Scores through Credit Karma – no credit card or payment information needed!
2. Turbo Tax
TurboTax has a maximum refund guarantee as well as a 100% accurate calculation claim. You can connect online with CPAs or EAs for tax advice, and even a line by line review if you'd like. They have a picture option for filing your W-2, so you can just snap and go. They also have the TurboTax mobile app, so you can easily keep track of where your refund is in processing while you're out and about.
3. H&R Block
H&R Block also allows you to file both state and federal taxes for free. They offer free expert guidance and upfront pricing so you won't be surprised. H&R Block also has a maximum refund guarantee.
TaxAct allows free simple returns (it does not give any legal advice). They have helped over 65 million people file their taxes since they started in 2000, so they're well used. They also have a 100% accurate guarantee.
FreeTaxUSA offers always free federal filing. They also offer state filing, but that starts at $12.95. Their software is rated 4.8 out of 5 by their customers, with over 200 thousand reviews. With FreeTaxUSA you can file both simple and advanced federal taxes for $0. Or with a deluxe version (for a small fee), you can have access to priority support with live chat, unlimited amended returns, and audit assist.
TaxSlayer has several different options for filing, from a simply free for those with simple tax situations for $0 (this also includes one state filing) up to a $47 package for those that are self-employed and may have special situations. You can also easily file from your phone, tablet, or desktop. They do have the option to ask a Tax Pro for Audit Defense. TaxSlayer Classic is also free for military members with an active military EIN.
Tips for Filing Taxes On Your Own
- Keep an eye on Groupon – this time of year they sometime offer discounts on these tax filing services
- If your income is under $60,000, you can file your taxes for free at IRS.gov through Free File.
- Be sure to file on time
- Don't forget your state taxes
- If you have questions or feel like it's getting to be too much for you to handle on your own, consult your local accountant.
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