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How to File Your Taxes for Free Online and Get the Best Tax Refund

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By Seth G. Macy

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H&R Block is one of the most instantly recognizable names in the tax prep game. I went to H&R Block last year, to untangle my nightmare of 1099s and new house papers and it was terrible. But on-site was wonderful and helpful. This year my situation isn’t nearly as obtuse, so I might just go ahead and try to do it online on my own.

The most basic filing plan is free for federal and state, and will work for most people. The other plans are $22.49, $37.49, and $59.99 for federal filing, plus $36.99 per state. It’s free to start your filing, though, which is even better. There’s also live help available from tax experts should you run into any hiccups along the way.

TurboTax

I used TurboTax for many, many years for filing my taxes and I really appreciate how simple it makes the process. The best part was how easy it was to import the previous years’ tax info once I made the initial jump to TurboTax. If my filing last year hadn’t been such a nightmare, requiring an expert, I would have used TurboTax again, but for the 2018 filing, I went back to the old reliable log-in I’ve had for years.

Just like H&R Block, the basic tax filing plan is free. If you work one job and have a W2, you can file both state and federal for no cost. The other plans range are $39.99, $59.99, and $89.99, depending on your situation. You don’t pay until you file, so you can go ahead and do all the work and see how much it’s going to set you back.

TaxSlayer

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TaxSlayer is appealing on name alone. It evokes thoughts of destroying your state and federal obligations, or perhaps some manner of heavy metal certified public accountants. At any rate, TaxSlayer’s basic plan is free, and like the others, all the plans are free to start and you don’t pay until you file. State returns above the free tier are $29 per state, and there are $17, $37, $47 and $57 plans available. For most people, the free plan will work beautifully, but barring that, you probably qualify for the $17 plan (plus the $29 for state filing).

FreeTaxUSA

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If you want to save even more money over the previous options, FreeTaxUSA is a good option. The basic filing is free, as is the case with everything else, but deluxe returns are only $6.99. Not only that, filing a state return with FreeTaxUSA is just $12.95. It also has live chat support, if you get stuck on something, as well as “Audit Assist, and unlimited amended returns” as part of the deluxe package.

CreditKarma

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CreditKarma tax filing is free. There’s no deluxe or premium upcharge: you file your taxes for free no matter your circumstances. Now, any economist will tell you there’s no such thing as “a free lunch,” and CreditKarma makes its money recommending financial products to suit your needs based on analyzing your data when you sign up for a free credit report. Tax preparation is part of its umbrella of services, so you’re probably going to see some suggested financial products or ways to spend your tax refund. It’s a small price to pay, considering it’s a free service otherwise.

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How to File Your Taxes for Free Online and Get the Best Tax Refund
How to File Your Taxes for Free Online and Get the Best Tax Refund

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