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H R Block's Free File: Excellent Tax Filing Software

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alexsandralyn By alexsandralyn on
Badge: Advisor | Level: 17 | Taxes Expertise:

For the last several years, I have used the IRS website to help me find a company that offers free electronic federal tax return filing. For the first few years, I used Tax$imple, which wasn't as simple to use as its name would imply. Last year, I decided to try H & R Block's Free File, and boy, was I ever impressed with the ease of that tax filing software, and I plan on using them again this year.

I don't itemize my deductions, but I do need to use the 1040 long form to declare my capital gains/losses and dividends as well as take the retirement savings credit and the property tax credit. I don't remember which schedules I need to file along with my 1040, but H & R Block makes this easy for me. I just have to answer yes or no to questions such as "Do you have any student loans?" and "Did you receive any capital gains?" and H & R Block figures out from there which schedules and adjustments I'm eligible for. Then the program asks the specific details of my income and declarable expenses and losses and tells me where to find the right number in the right box on my W-2s and 1099s.

To be eligible to use the H & R Block Free File program, you must have made less than $57, 000 and be less than 51 years old. I highly recommend this tax software to anyone who qualifies for it.