The 2013 tax season is here, and while you have until April 15th to file your taxes, procrastination is not a good thing during this time of year. The many tax forms can be confusing, especially if you have failed to stay organized since last year’s tax season. Thanks to the Internet, though, this tax season you can vow to file your taxes on time and online with the press of a few buttons through several tax services. With data from Consumer Reports, here are some of the tax services to use to file your taxes online for the 2013 tax season.
IRS Free File – Start here. If your AGI is less than $57,000, you are eligible for Free File tax software from the IRS. To determine which program is best for you, fill out this questionnaire before you begin filing.
All of the following sites allow you to file your taxes online. Below we’ve included their offerings for additional taxpayer support.
e-Smart Tax – e-Smart Tax is a service from Liberty Tax. With eSmart Tax’s Basic Edition, taxpayers get free technical support via chat, as well as a free competitor import of last year’s TurboTax, H&R Block at Home or TaxACT return.
H&R Block at Home – You’re familiar with H&R Block for those TV commercials about their agents’ experience. You can speak with one of those tax professionals for one free live session.
Jackson Hewitt Online – With their basic software, Jackson Hewitt Online offers taxpayers unlimited 24/7 general e-mail inquiries for free. Upgrade to unlimited live chat for $26.95 or unlimited phone support for $44.95.
TaxACT – For just $7.95, online TaxACT will give taxpayers phone support as they file their taxes. Pay extra to upgrade to the Deluxe edition or Deluxe and State editions of TaxACT.
TurboTax – From 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, TurboTax allows you a free live phone or chat session with a tax expert. However, keep your conversations short and concise: after 20 minutes, the expert is allowed to end the communication.
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