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Tax Season – Use Free Software

February 4, 2012

It’s tax time! Well, you have until April 17, 2012 to file, but since all companies are required to mail your W-2 by the end of January, you should have received them or will in the next couple days. If you don’t get your W-2 by the second week of February, ask your employer(s) to obtain a copy. There are actually 15 different companies that you can choose from to e-file with for free! If you choose not to use one of those, the IRS has free e-forms for you to fill out as well.

Don’t forget to check out the tax benefits that you may qualify for on the IRS website!

Do you use a company to help you fill out your taxes? Or do you fill the tax return forms out yourself?

  • Free File companies have their own eligibility criteria, but none offer Free File to taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income of more than $57,000.
  • Other eligibility criteria may include your: age, state, eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and military status.
  • Check the company’s website for details because the companies’ offers may differ. For example, some companies charge a fee for state tax returns and some may not support a particular form you need to file.
  • Remember to begin your Free File return at IRS.gov or you may be charged a fee or asked to buy additional products and services.
  • If, after browsing the list of companies, you need help go to Help Me Find a Free File Company.

H&R Block’s Free File:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 52 or younger, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses

Free1040TaxReturn:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $42,000 or less, and
  • Live in any state, except: DC, DE, FL, HI, ME, MT, ND, NH, NM, NV, RI, SD, TN, TX, VT, WA and WY, or
  • Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit

yesicanefile.org:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $29,000 or less, or
  • Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and
  • Live in any state

FreeTaxUSA® IRS Free File Edition:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: between 23 and 64, and
  • Live in any state

ezTaxReturn.com:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Live in any state, except: AK, CT, DC, DE, FL, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, ME, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV and WY

Free TaxACT:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: between 19 and 55, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses

1040NOW.NET:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age 72 or younger, and
  • Live in any state, except: AK, FL, NH, NV, SD, TN, TX, WA and WY

Online Taxes at OLT.com:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $12,050 and $57,000, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses

OnlineTaxPros.com:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $4,000 and $57,000, and
  • Live in any state, except: AK, DC, FL, NH, NV, SD, TN, TX, WA and WY

1040.com Free File Edition:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 52 or younger, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses

TurboTax® Freedom Edition:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $31,000 or less, or
  • Active military with an Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less, or
  • Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and
  • Live in any state

eSmartTax By Liberty Tax Service:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 52 or younger, and
  • Live in any state

Tax Simple:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 70 or younger, and
  • Live in any state, except: AK, FL, NV, SD, TN, TX, WA and WY

TaxSlayer:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
    • Age: 25 or younger, or
    • Active military, or
  • Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses

FileYourTaxes.com:

  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $11,500 and $57,000, and
  • Live in any state, except: MN and NH, or
  • U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
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