Even if you don’t qualify to file your taxes for free or don’t want to take a gamble on Walmart, there’s no excuse for paying full-price to file online.
Here are a few ways to save:
Right now, H&R Block is leading the pack with an exclusive 35% discount for its At Home Online Tax Preparation. Through Feb. 12, you can get the $20 service for just under $13.
Most preparers offer both a downloadable version and online version of their software. There are a few perks to going with the online version, chief among them being that you can access your account from any computer and won’t have to bother with software updates every time tax laws change.
If you’re worried someone could hack their way into your account online (not likely, but possible), go with the downloadable software version, which can be used offline and will only remain on the computer you installed it on. (See how savers can score a tax break.)
Remember, if you made less than $57,000 last year, you can file for free via the IRS here.
Apart from a handy app to organise your expenses, here’s a list of everything you’ll need to e-file, per the IRS:
- A copy of last year’s tax return
- Prior year Personal Identification Number (PIN), if applicable
- Personal identification (driver’s licence, Social Security card for you and your spouse, if applicable, showing the SSN(s)
- The Social Security cards of your dependents, if applicable
- Forms W-2 from all of your employers
- Forms 1099-INT showing interest paid to you throughout the year
- Form 1099-G showing any refund, credit or offset of state and local taxes
- All receipts pertaining to your small business
- Forms 1099-DIV and Forms 1099-R
- Income receipts from rental real estate, royalties, partnerships, S corporation, trusts
- Unemployment compensation
- Social Security benefits
- Other income
- Medical and dental expenses
- Receipts from taxes you paid such as state and local taxes, real estate taxes, personal property taxes
- Form 1098 for home mortgage interest and points
- Receipts for charitable contributions and gifts
- Casualty and theft losses
- Job expenses