When tax season comes it can be a very stressful time. With the tax code getting more complicated every year, and the potential risk of making the wrong entries on your taxes wreaking havoc on your life, it’s important to know that there is help with taxes available.
Some help is in the form of working with tax professionals who have knowledge of the tax code and understand the proper conduct needed to file returns the right way. Other help comes in the form of software that will make your tax filing easier. In the end you shouldn’t mess around with you tax filings, so we have put together a list below of some companies and products that can help you when it comes to filing your taxes.
- H&R Block: They have made a name for themselves as one of the go to places for Americans looking for help when filing their taxes. They offer both an online tax filing option as well as a brick and mortar solution. If you want to use their online platform, the most simple option is practically free not including the additional state tax filing fee. In terms of their in office option, where you can meet with a tax expert, they provide you with practical guidance and you can make an appointment or walk-in to an H&R office near you.
- TurboTax: If you don’t want or need to talk to a person then TurboTax has the solution for you. They give you free federal tax filing software along with free tax filing in certain states (in places where your state sponsors a free filing program) and in the case where your state doesn’t sponsor a free tax filing program TurboTax will only charge you $14.99 for a state filing (this is a sale and ends Feb. 17th). TurboTax is owned by Intuit and they strive to improve the ease of their product every year.
- The IRS provides free tax filing services and advice to people who make $52,000 or less annually through the VITA program and for the elderly (people over 60) through the TCE program. Both of these programs are worth checking out if you are in need of help. If you want to actually talk to a human and you qualify check out the IRS page on these programs
In the end there are many different ways you can go about filing your taxes, the above are just some of the services and software you can use to make your life easier. Lastly, make sure you file your taxes following the rules so that your future is stress free and if you need help don’t be afraid to ask for it or use programs that can help you file your taxes the right way.