4 quick tax filing solutions
Filing taxes is not something most people enjoy, but it doesn’t need to be a drawn-out headache. The key lies in knowing what materials you need to get your taxes done before it comes time to sit down and actually do them. Beyond that, it always helps to use a tax filing system. Below are four platforms that will not only help you get your taxes done quickly, but get them done correctly as well.
IRS Free File. This free (for some) service is a result of a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and major tax software companies (some of which can be found below). Free for anyone making under $58,000 per year, it gives you access to a variety of tax preparation applications that you can download if you meet the right criteria. This is a great way to get the software you need in a speedy and affordable manner, which is sometimes half the battle.
TurboTax. One of the most popular tax preparation platforms available on the market, TurboTax asks intuitive, relatively jargon-free questions about your money and how it was spent, even going so far as to offer a free chat feature in the event you need advice or assistance with any part of the process. TurboTax makes it simple to import your prior returns from any tax preparation service as long as they’re in PDF format. If you need additional explanation on any item, you can click a “Learn More” for more details.
H&R Block. This platform blends affordability with a easy-to-use interface, and it’s backed by thousands of brick-and-mortar locations. Much like TurboTax, this software will import your information in no time, and guide you step by step through the entire tax process. With basic, deluxe, and premium editions, there’s plenty of expertise and help available through this service to tackle complex tax situations.
TaxAct. Not only will this software help you get your taxes done quickly, it also happens to be one of the most affordable services on the market today. If you sign up for the Deluxe Federal edition, which costs $25, you’ll be able to import your ID information in from prior years and gain access to a calculator that can help you make the most out of your deductions and write-offs. It also offers a DocVault, where you can store important tax forms, receipts and other documentation you’ll need to prepare your taxes.
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