We are well into the new year and that means getting taxes ready for the dreaded April deadline. But, fret not! Doing taxes has never been easier. Online tax returns have been around for quite some time, but most companies would charge for this service. As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins to phase out the Telefile Program, a file by phone method, there are more companies offering online filing services for little to no cost at all.
The IRS has teamed up with the Free Alliance LLC to bring e-filing to more people for free. You can check out "Free File" from the IRS to see if you meet the requirements from the companies that are offering free filing.
I've used H&R Block's E-File system before. For a small fee, they provide a very intuitive interface for filing your tax forms. They make it extremely easy keeping it very basic, yet informative. You might want to check them out if you get easily confused with legal jargon or hate using the more "un-friendly" e-filing systems that other companies provide.
I'm going to try to use one of the free providers this year, but if that doesn't work out for one reason or another, I'll definitely go back to H&R Block.