Sunday, January 25, 2009

Free E-File Options

Have you started preparing your taxes? Here are some of the free e-filing options that are available to you so that you can get your taxes off to the IRS asap.

  1. TaxCut. TaxCut is offering a free edition if you want to prepare your return online. It also includes free e-filing. I’m a big fan of TaxCut, and I have used their products for many years. It’s available at TaxCut Online.

  2. TurboTax. TurboTax offers a free online edition available at TurboTax Online. It includes free e-filing. TurboTax is one of the most popular tax software packages around. I have used TurboTax and was quite satisfied.

  3. TaxAct. You can prepare, print, and e-file your return for free. TaxAct offers an online version or a download version of their software at TaxAct. I have never used this product but I understand it is pretty good.

  4. IRS Free File. The IRS Free File program is an IRS partnership with 20 tax software companies offering free filing. There is an income limit of $56,000 or less in 2008.

  5. IRS Free File Fillable Forms. The IRS Free File Fillable Forms is not a tax software, but blank forms. There are no income limitations. You pick the forms you need, fill in the numbers, and e-file for free. If you know what you are doing, this is a great option!

  6. VITA. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free e-filing. You can go to your nearest VITA location in person and have a volunteer complete your return. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-829-1040.

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