Guest Author - Charisse Van Horn
File Your Taxes Free
When it comes to filing taxes, everyone gets a bit nervous. The fear of an audit and worry about making mistakes usually pushes people to hire accountants for their tax filing needs. However, the Internet and the IRS have been making significant changes in the way people file taxes. In fact, more people are choosing to file their taxes for free through programs that are available online.
If you are considering filing your taxes for free then you may want to visit the IRS�s website. They have a wealth of information that will let you choose the best site to use for your purposes. The IRS�s service for filing your taxes free of charge is called, Free File and it lists numerous companies that have been approved by the IRS. The guidelines are simple; if your combined earnings for 2007 are less than 54,000 you qualify for Free File. However, since some states require that you file state taxes, you may end up paying by the time you submit your tax returns to the IRS. Yet, the good news is that with these programs you can begin the process online, and typically pick up where you left off. This means you won�t have to rush through your income tax returns, and if you do decide to make a payment, you won�t have to make it right away. Most programs will give you the option of paying for your returns through your tax refund as well.
I�ve used Turbo Tax for the past three years and have found it to be a great program. The past two years I used the free version, but this year, I did pay $15.00 due to some changes in my personal situation. Yet, if you have very simple and uncomplicated tax returns, and aren�t required to pay state taxes, you should be able to file completely free.
One of the greatest advantages of using the Free File programs is that they basically walk you through filing your taxes. There are many pop-ups that you can use to answer any questions that you may have. This year I noticed some great changes with Turbo Tax. They had a community forum, the ability to ask a live person for assistance, and overall, the program was more user friendly.
When you file your taxes, you can also check the status of your refund on the IRS�s website. This is much simpler than trying to call, as the wait may be extremely long, especially during tax season.
You can also choose direct deposit to have your tax refund sent directly to your bank. Additionally, when you file your taxes online, you have the option of taking as long as you like and filing when it is convenient for you. You can file twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.