H&R Block has free online tax filing available on their website. To qualify to file free federal taxes online with H&R Block, your adjusted gross income (AGI) should be $58,000 or less and your age less then 51 at the end of 2010. If you meet this criteria you can file your federal tax return for free. Also H&R offers free state returns for certain states listed on their website, if you meet the criteria they require. Otherwise, filing a state return would cost you $14.95.
For filing tax return on the H&R Block website, you will have to create an account. You may also start without creating an account if you just want to take a estimate of your refund. But for filing the tax return you will have to create an account. After account creation, you will be directed to your federal filing page. There would be a series of questions to answer and data to enter. All the questions are worded in a way that they are very easy to understand.
Even people with no knowledge about taxes can go through the questions easily. At all times there is a box at the top right hand side corner where your refund amount is displayed. So as you go through the questions, you are able to see how each item you enter makes a difference to your refund.
The H&R Block website also has customer help available on the website. Through the help center you can get answers for any issues you are having or any questions that you have.
There is a quick tax estimator available on the website as well. The tax estimator will ask you to enter some basic information like filing status, age, income and it will let you know if you will owe money or get a refund.
The free edition from H&R apart from being easy to use also offers you audit support. This means in case of an IRS audit, H&R is going to help you understand why you are being audited and what kind of a response to prepare. This audit support is available all through the year.
Some other free tax file software we reviewed earlier include TurboTax free, and Jackson Hewitt free.
When filing online your return will be e-filed. E-filing is fast and secure. You will also receive an email from the IRS confirming that they have received your tax return. The refund from an e-file return is received within 8-15 days either by check or direct deposit to your bank account whichever you choose.
Before starting to file your tax return online make sure that you have all your paperwork ready. If you are missing any documents, you will have to put your return on hold. The online free filing of H&R allows you to save a return and continue on a later date.
H&R Block’s free edition for filing your federal taxes comes highly recommended from a lot of its customers. It is safe and secure to use. Plus they offer support all year round.