According to a National Society of Accountants (NSA)’s Life and Taxes Blogs 1/29/15 post, “the average tax preparation fee for an itemized Form 1040 with a Schedule A and a state tax return” was $273. Some states charged more and others less. What’s evident is that for those who are eligible for these free programs, free tax preparation is a reality.
MyFreeTaxes.com: All U.S. tax filers with simple returns are eligible to file online for free (Free Federal and State Tax Filing Available)
FreeTaxUSA® FREE Tax Filing, Online Return Preparation, E-file Income Taxes (Free for Federal Tax Filing; State Costs $)
Free Tax Filing via the Volunteer IRS Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Tax Counseling of the Elderly (TCE) Programs for qualifying tax payers. Click here for program participation requirements. Click here to find a provider near you.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide – Prepare Your Taxes Online, With or Without a Coach, can help with your tax prep in two ways: They can connect you with a volunteer to coach you while you prepare your own taxes, or they can connect you with software so you can prepare and file your own tax returns — at no cost. There is no minimum age requirement and no need to be an AARP member. During the tax preparation season, one can locate tax site locations for one-on-one assistance by clicking here.
Have the following information available for determining federal IRS income tax refund status:
- Social Security Number or ITIN
- Filing Status
- Exact Refund Amount
Check Your Federal Refund Status Online in English or Spanish by following the instructions.
Check Your State Tax Refund Status with help from resources listed at TaxAct.com’s Blog.
If you are required to pay state taxes in your state, Tax Act lists the website links to your state’s website to determine your tax refund status.
What you will need to check state tax refund status:
- Social security number
- Zip code
- Your exact refund amount
- Numbers from your mailing address
Go to your state’s revenue site to check your state refund status, if your state requires income tax payments.