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Posted: 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Online tax filing resources

Filing Your Taxes Electronically

Tax Prep and Electronic Tax Filing Software

Government sites:      

Free IRS e-file  ( - Free online tax preparation and electronic filing services now available to at least 60 percent of all individual taxpayers.  
More Free Filing  ( - 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  ( - 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:
-  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.   - 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.  -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.              

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    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.