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Tax time for 2012, software or online?


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#51 OFFLINE   Davenlr

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

Why did TT even charge you to e-file for federal return? I filed mine for free.


TT only allows 1040EZ free I think, and if you want to import any of your previous years stuff, they wont allow it on the free version. Make you reenter all last years data over again. I did it like you, just kept refusing the "upgrade" offers, and kept clicking on the free version. Must have asked me like 10 times. Was really annoying, but I got my return back Fed 2nd.

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#52 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

Yep. Itemizing due to mortgage deductions and other items that make it worthwhile to get away from the "EZ" and "A" forms.

For TurboTax the rules are:
Free federal and state online tax preparation and e-filing with TurboTax Freedom EditionSM if in tax year 2012 you meet one of the following:
* Qualify for the Earned income Tax Credit (EITC), or
* Earned $31,000 or less adjusted gross income (AGI), or
* Served Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard) with a military W2 and AGI of $57,000 or less.

There are other tax sites that allow more income and still let you file free.

OnLine Taxes
Visit Online Taxes to file federal and Indiana tax returns for free if: Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is between $12,050 and $57,000 regardless of age.

HR Block
Free federal and state return if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $57,000 or less and you are age 52 or younger.

TaxHawk
TaxHawk® allows you to e-file your Indiana State and Federal taxes for free if you meet the following requirements: Adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 (or less) and Age betweed 23 and 65 (on December 31, 2012)

TaxAct
Free federal and state e-filing if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $51,000 or less and you are age 18 through 57 years old.

1040NOW
Free federal and IN tax preparation and e-file if your AGI is $32,000 or less and you live in Indiana.

TaxSlayer
Taxpayers are eligible for free filing if they meet the following requirements: their Federal AGI is less than $30,000.

Source: http://www.in.gov/dor/4741.htm

Check your own state to find offers in your own area.

#53 OFFLINE   Lord Vader

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:24 AM

TT only allows 1040EZ free I think, and if you want to import any of your previous years stuff, they wont allow it on the free version. Make you reenter all last years data over again. I did it like you, just kept refusing the "upgrade" offers, and kept clicking on the free version. Must have asked me like 10 times. Was really annoying, but I got my return back Fed 2nd.


I didn't use the EZ form and my efile was still free.

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#54 OFFLINE   armophob

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:50 AM

I didn't use the EZ form and my efile was still free.


The online version does not file it until you pay the $49.99. You cannot get to the filing stage without paying. You paid what you paid up front for the software.
It is not a filing fee. It is a usage fee.

#55 OFFLINE   Lord Vader

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:12 AM

I've used TT for years and have yet to pay for the software (and no, I don't steal it) or for filing.

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#56 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:00 AM

So all your complaints in this thread were about a software you were using for free? :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:06 AM

I've used TT for years and have yet to pay for the software (and no, I don't steal it) or for filing.


It would be a terrible business model on their part to give it to all of us for free, so please don't spread the word on the secret.

Edited by armophob, 13 February 2013 - 03:12 AM.


#58 OFFLINE   Lord Vader

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:13 AM

So all your complaints in this thread were about a software you were using for free? :rolleyes:


No complaints. Observations.

It would be a terrible business model on their part to give to all of us for free, so please don't spread the word on the secret.


I never do. ;)

On a related note--my refund just hit my bank account about an hour ago. Filed Sunday night, February 3rd; refund received Feb. 13th. Not bad.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:52 AM

HR Block
Free federal and state return if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $57,000 or less and you are age 52 or younger.



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Just e-filed with H&R block installed software, I have not seen 52 in a decade and my AGI is higher then 57,000 - no charge

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

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