Tax Prep and Electronic Tax Filing Software
Free IRS e-file (irs.gov) - Free online tax preparation and electronic filing services now available to at least 60 percent of all individual taxpayers.
More Free Filing (irs.gov) - A complete list of sites offering free or nearly free filing services suggested by the IRS. Other IRS e-file partners are listed as well.
* If you need to, you can always file for an extension.
State e-filing (taxadmin.org) - More than 20 states now allow you to file your taxes directly through their websites for free! Check your state at the Federation of Tax Administrators website.
Commercial filing sites:
TaxAct.com - Tax Act preparation software is free. E-filing costs $7.95 extra. Or, prepare and e-file your federal and state returns for $19.95 with the deluxe package.
eSmartTax.com - Prepare tax returns with Microsoft Word downloadable forms. Most downloads are free. Filing ranges from $5 for the 1040EZ state form to $15 for the 1040 federal form.
CCH CompleteTax - Prepare and file both your federal and state returns electronically for $29.95.
TurboTax.com -Turbo Tax software is free for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of $25,000 or less. Products range from $9.95 to $49.95. Rebates are available.
Tax information sites:
Taxmama.com - tax help and info
Bankrate.com - tax help and info
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Call 1-800-906-9887 to locate the nearest VITA site.
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program provides free tax help to people age 60 and older. As part of the IRS-sponsored TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program at more than 7,000 sites nationwide during the filing season. To find an AARP Tax Aide site call 1-888-227-7669 or visit the AARP Web site.