It’s that dreaded time of year again – the season of finding where you stuffed all your bills, receipts, stubs, and other fun documents from the last year and add it all up to get right with the IRS. Yippee! (insert sarcastic tone). When I was young (note: ignorant), I paid someone around $100 a few times to file my taxes for me. And then I realized, why in the world am I doing that when I’m a smart, educated young lady and can file them for FREE on my own? Now, tax software has gotten much more user-friendly since then and its become a no-brainer to file your taxes for free. And hey, they say you should never stop learning, so don’t you think its time to learn what you’ve made, what you’ve spent, and how all this tax stuff works? Check that one off your bucket list, because now’s the time.
Details after this adorable palate cleanser, because no one likes to talk about taxes.
1) If your income is $58K or less, you can file for free through FreeFile on the IRS website. They’ve got lots of tax prep software companies to choose from, so you can’t go wrong there (my personal fav is H&R Block).
2) If your income is above $58K, there are still FreeFile options on the IRS website but they don’t include the fancy tax prep software. My suggestion is to visit H&R Block’s website where you can file a basic tax return through their software for free, no matter your income. Like I mentioned before, it’s the software I personally use and I love it. They guarantee their calculations are correct, that you’ll get the maximum refund, and they even offer audit support and free expert advice. (You can also file more complicated returns or get additional resources for a pretty minimal fee as well).
And no, they didn’t pay me to say any of this, I’ve just used their software for years with good results. I’m no tax expert, but I do know that I’m not excited about paying taxes…..so why should I pay someone to tell me I have to pay taxes?
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