In the past the idea of doing your own taxes just induced a headache. Today e-filing on the internet is so user friendly anyone can do it. Here is a list of the top five best sites to check out.
5. Express 1040
They offer the cheapest price for filing your federal & state tax at, $8.95. Although it does not have the notoriety of more popular tax sites the step by step instruction is just as good. If your return is a little more complicated they offer a deluxe service for $12.95. Many users have expressed great satisfaction when it comes to receiving their return quite fast. Another plus is it makes sure there are no eras, so once you are done you have automatic approval. They guarantee security and privacy when it comes to your personal information.
4. H&R Block
Many people automatically want to use their e-file site just because they know the name. This is not always a necessity. Although their site does offer free e-filing the cheapest package overall is $29.95 which makes them the most expensive service. If you feel you need extra help they do have a feature for $99.95 where you will get unlimited tax advice by phone or email. They also guarantee security and privacy.
Their biggest selling point is promising over and over that your information is safe and secure with them. Also a fairly affordable site charging just $9.95 for federal and $16.95 for both together. Users have praised TaxAct for providing a hassle free sign up. They also provide a multimedia video that you can watch at the first of each section. This adds a very affable quality to this particular service.
2. Free File
This is the service that the IRS provides. If your gross income was under $57,000 you can file for free. If that was not the case and you made more, the IRS will give you a list of other vendors that will do it for free. If you use direct deposit you can receive your refund within 10 days of filing. This service also checks for accuracy and does all the math for you.
1. Turbo Tax
This is the service that I have used for the past several years. They offer a free e-file that does not have any salary limitations. What I love about Turbo tax is that as you go through each section they are constantly stopping to make sure you are getting every penny you should be getting. Thanks to Turbotax asking me the proper questions and really guiding me through, I am getting back more than double of what I expected. Their customer service is outstanding. They are also quick and efficient at sending you email updates on your refund status.