Tax Filing Tips and Free Services

 

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Taxes are due April 15th!

 Do you still need to file your taxes? Tax Day (Tuesday, April 15th, 2014) is only 4 days away! We’ve complied a round up of a few current tax-filing options that you may want to take advantage of if you haven’t filed yet. Luckily, Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, so you ought to only have federal taxes to file.

Many have free options!

  • Head on over here where you can file completely FREE with H&R Block that also now includes FREE live tax advice. It is FREE to prepare, FREE to print, FREE to e-file, includes FREE live tax advice, FREE audit support, representation from an enrolled agent, and 100% Accuracy Guarantee and Maximum Refund Guarantee. Plus one FREE federal e-file is included, and they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau!
  • Head over here to sign up for a FREE Federal edition of Turbo Tax (you’ll be able to prepare, print and electronically file your federal tax return for free). Plus, they’re rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau! Or if you prefer, head here to save $10 on Turbo Tax Deluxe, $15 on TurboTax Premier and $20 on TurboTax Home & Business
  • *Also, be sure to check out Turbo Tax Freedom Edition! If you made less than $30k, or are active duty military who made less than $58k, or qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, you can use this edition of Turbo Tax to do Federal AND State absolutely free!
  • Consider using FreeTaxUSA.com (Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau!) to e-file directly to the IRS completely FREE. You can choose to do a FREE Federal e-file OR score the Deluxe Edition for $5.95. This site has also been highly recommended by Hip2Save readers in the past!
  • Head over here to sign up for a FREE Federal edition of TaxACT (you’ll be able to prepare, print and electronically file your federal tax return for free). Plus, they’re rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau!
  • You may also consider using e-Smart Tax by Liberty Tax to e-file completely free. E-Smart Tax technology ensures you get your highest possible refund as well as simple step-by-step Q&A preparation, Zero hidden fees, Online or in-person help with more than 4,000 Liberty Tax offices open year round and more!
  • Another option is you can head on over to FreeTax.com where you can get your taxes done completely FREE! DIY Tax’s easy question-and-answer interview takes the confusion out of tax forms, figures, and rules to bring you a simple tax preparation platform.

 

More Filing Tips:

Head over to IRS.gov to file your federal taxes for FREE.

– If you are in the military, check out Military One Source for more information about all of the different resources that are available to you.

– Check out the daily deal sites like Livingsocial or Groupon. Typically they offer up significantly reduced vouchers for online tax prep products.

– AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes. Find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in your community by clicking here.

 

Filing an Extension:

If you think you won’t have your taxes filed by the deadline, file for an extension. To file an extension, you don’t have to have a reason or extenuating circumstance. It will grant you until October 15, 2014, but remember, it doesn’t give you extra time to pay any money you think you may owe to the IRS. The extension will help you to avoid the expensive “failure to file” penalty.

 

 

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