If you are filing your taxes and NOT itemizing, you can actually start to e-file right now! (If you are itemizing, you can not until February 14th, due to recent tax law changes that have required the IRS to make programming revisions to it’s software).
There are several companies that will actually let you e-file your Federal version for FREE!! If you are requried to do a state filing, you can still e-file, but you will have to pay for that service and will need to check out the cost for each tax service listed, before you start filling out the forms.
If you filed with one of these online services last year, you might want to go ahead and use the same one again so that your prior year’s tax data can easily be carried forward onto the current years form. However, it isn’t a problem to use a different service – just make sure you have your 2009 taxes handy before you sit down to start those for 2010. Here are some sites you might want to consider using:
Turbo Tax: Federal is free, State will cost $27.95
Complete Tax: Federal is free, State costs $16.96
Free Tax USA: Federal is free, State runs $9.95
One Price Taxes: Get both Federal and State filed for $7.48 (must go through this link to activate the discount). If you have only State or Federal to file, you will pay just $3.48 through this discount.
HR Block: Federal is free, State is $27.95
Jackson Hewitt: Federal is free, State will cost $29.95. If you decide to go in and have someone prepare them for you in the offce, take along this coupon and save $25 off of the cost of tax preparation.