Wednesday, February 6, 2013

7 Ways to File Your State Tax Return For Free

It isn't too hard to find a place to file your federal tax return for free (here are 3), but finding a service to file your state return for free is a little more difficult. I did a little looking around, and found out that in most states, you can file your state taxes for free if you make under $57,000 per year. 



Free State Tax Returns Online:
1. MyFreeTaxes.com - This is a not-for-profit with funding from the Walmart Foundation, The United Way and H&R block – and they offer free state and federal tax returns if you meet the criteria.

2. TurboTax Freedom – The free version of TurboTax is available to filers with adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less. If you live in one of the following states they will also allow you to file your state return for free… AL, AR, AZ, GA, ID, IA, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NY, ND, NC, OK, OR, RI, SC, VT, WV. If your state is not listed it will cost you $14.95 to file the state return.

3Beehive.org – Filing your own taxes with BeeHive.org is easy. In order to be eligible free federal and state income tax filing, you need to make less than $57,000, a valid email address and your Social Security Number. 

4. Taxhawk – Prepare, print, and file your federal taxes online for FREE! Your state tax return is FREE if your income is less than $20,000 and you live in the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.
5.  On-line Taxes – This one is pretty simple. You just need to be under 20 years of age and you can get your federal and state return filed for free. If you don’t qualify both returns cost $7.95. They are a little bit different than many of the other places in that they offer free customer service with a toll-free number, E-mail, and Live tax help. They also allow you to view the forms BEFORE paying.
6. You can also go directly to you state’s Department of Revenue website to see if they offer a free filing option. For a shortcut, head over to this page which has links to each states free efile (if they have one).
7. Yes, it sounds a little old fashioned, but if you really want to file your state return for free and don’t qualify for the options listed above, you should do your taxes on paper and mail them in to the state. If you have already completed the Federal form online, it should be pretty easy to fill out the state return. You can get the forms FREE from your local library or you can print them off at your state’s Department of Revenue website.

You can also go to the IRS website Where's my refund (about 7 days after you submit your return online) to get the status of your return and refund.



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