Most of us don’t enjoy filing our taxes, and like it even less if we have to pay to file them. The good news is that you may be among the 70 percent of US taxpayers eligible to file your taxes for free. Always check the requirements for eligibility and remember that some free filing options are only available through the IRS website.
One of the most popular tax software programs, TurboTax, has several free filing options, and H&R Block also offers free filing to those who satisfy certain criteria. The equally well known tax preparation company of Jackson Hewitt also offers free federal tax return filing, as long as your situation is fairly simple, and some states, including Maryland also offer their residents free help by phone or in person.
There are several reputable websites and reliable tax filing software programs, where you won’t have to pay to file. Some of the most well known software programs include TaxAct, eSmart, FreeTaxUSA, Tax Slayer and 1040.com. Some other recommendations if you want to file your taxes for free are Free1040TaxReturn.com, ezTaxReturn.com, 1040Now.NET and OLT.com. Always check the requirements, which can be based on income, the complexity of your tax situation, the state you live in, and other factors. Keep in mind too that if you don’t want to use software or navigate websites, the good old fashioned IRS paper tax forms won’t cost you anything except the postage.