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Where can I do fed/state taxes online free?

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02 Apr 2020 13:30 #308815 by ChristopherMD
Not H&R Block. I'm sure there's a lot of scam sites so asking you all.

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02 Apr 2020 14:06 #308817 by Msample
I think Turbo Tax is free under a certain income amount ?

My dad was a CPA, used this:

www.taxact.com/

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02 Apr 2020 14:37 #308820 by ChristopherMD

Msample wrote: I think Turbo Tax is free under a certain income amount ?

My dad was a CPA, used this:

www.taxact.com/


Unfortunately one of the same issues as H&R in that because I have an HSA forced on me by insurance plan that I don't qualify for free. I guess I just have to pay. :(

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02 Apr 2020 15:09 #308824 by hotseatgames
I believe all of the major tax software producers have free online versions by law. They just recently were forced to quit hiding these free versions from Google.

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02 Apr 2020 15:15 #308827 by jeb
Federal taxes are not due until July 15. Many states have similar postponements (CA, for example). If you make under $69k/yr, you can file for free online. If you make more, you can get printable forms.

www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

TurboTax and some other vendors lost a court case about hiding all their federally mandated free material. If they want to be able to transmit to the IRS, they need to provide free returns for these income levels, but they BURY it on their websites and make it a real pain-in-the-ass. They were sued and lost in federal court, so it's not as obscured. Now they try to obscure with even more "free" offerings that have conditions and other limits that indicate they aren't actually free, oh well.
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02 Apr 2020 15:16 - 02 Apr 2020 15:41 #308828 by Sagrilarus
Each copy of H&R Block allows five free filings. Find someone who submitted four or less and bum their copy.

Maryland charges $20 to file electronically regardless, so my tax returns to the state for me and my kids went the old fashioned way.
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02 Apr 2020 16:17 #308831 by Jackwraith
You can also find free services right at the horses mouth: www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
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02 Apr 2020 16:52 #308833 by Gary Sax
State taxes you can almost always do with the state themselves if they have a site. Calculating them can be a hassle, of course, which is how you end up with turbotax or one of those fuckers. Did mine in turbotax this year and cost real money but my hours are more important these days than the extra 50 bucks or whatever.

Shit is wrong. Federal they already have the ability to give you a full one to double check, like lots of european countries do. There's a whole propublica fight about all this if you want to read about how dirty this industry is and their ability to take even a tiny public good that would make your life easier away from you.
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02 Apr 2020 17:18 #308834 by ChristopherMD
The problem is most of them stop being free if you need Form 8889 because you have an HSA. Most will not tell you that up front. Its free until it isn't. Like I said I'm just going to have to suck it up and pay.
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02 Apr 2020 19:14 - 02 Apr 2020 19:14 #308839 by Msample

Gary Sax wrote: State taxes you can almost always do with the state themselves if they have a site. Calculating them can be a hassle, of course, which is how you end up with turbotax or one of those fuckers. Did mine in turbotax this year and cost real money but my hours are more important these days than the extra 50 bucks or whatever.

Shit is wrong. Federal they already have the ability to give you a full one to double check, like lots of european countries do. There's a whole propublica fight about all this if you want to read about how dirty this industry is and their ability to take even a tiny public good that would make your life easier away from you.


For the last five years I’ve done a federal and two state returns. Being able to do it all at once and the time it saves makes the fee somewhat tolerable. The irritating part is that less than 1% of the income takes 50% of the time to force into TurboTax so that it doesn’t error out.
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02 Apr 2020 19:56 #308840 by Sagrilarus

ChristopherMD wrote: I'm just going to have to suck it up and pay.


Dude, it's $29.

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02 Apr 2020 20:16 #308841 by ChristopherMD

Sagrilarus wrote:

ChristopherMD wrote: I'm just going to have to suck it up and pay.


Dude, it's $29.


So you wont mind paypaling me $29?

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02 Apr 2020 21:07 #308842 by Sagrilarus
If you can't find a friend with extra e-filings leftover by June 1st I'll PayPal you $29.

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03 Apr 2020 13:19 #308865 by jeb
It should be free. $29 or no, this is a thing that is by law, free, except that it is not to people that seek it out. There's some principle here, I appreciate that.

Can you just print out blank forms, fill them out and mail them in like it's 1985?
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03 Apr 2020 13:28 #308867 by ChristopherMD
$24 plus shipping for Printer Ink from amazon.

Look guys, everyone everywhere keeps saying you can do taxes free online so I was checking if that was even possible for me. Apparently I'm just being cheap and shouldn't have asked. Sorry I wasted everyone's time. It wasn't a big deal and I didn't mean to imply it was.

*done with thread*

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