What are the Best TurboTax Alternatives?

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Whether you don’t like TurboTax or are just shopping around for the lowest price, here are some of the top TurboTax alternatives.

Why do people use TurboTax?

TurboTax is one of the largest and most popular tax software companies. It’s owned by Intuit which makes many other financial software products including QuickBooks and Mint.com.

TurboTax has many integrations with employers, financial institutions, and accounting apps so you can quickly import your data instead of doing your taxes by hand.

People with the most basic tax returns may qualify for a free tier and only have to pay for their state tax return (if required).

Why do people avoid TurboTax?

Many people don’t like Intuit, the company that owns TurboTax. While Intuit has millions of satisfied customers, they’re involved in so much that if you do have a bad experience with a financial product, there’s a good chance that Intuit was involved.

TurboTax is often also a more expensive tax filing software option. Many tax forms that other preparers offer for free require a paid upgrade on TurboTax. TurboTax’s base fees can also be higher than other providers.

Finally, TurboTax has lobbied against the IRS expanding free tax filing to more individuals. They were also sued by the FTC for deceptive advertising related to their free filing offer. TurboTax recently left the IRS Free File program further reducing who is eligible to file for free with TurboTax.

Top TurboTax Alternatives

Here are some of the most popular alternatives to TurboTax.

Cash App Taxes

Cash App Taxes is a fast, easy, and totally free way to file your federal income tax returns. At Cash App, free really means free. There are no upcharges for forms or state tax returns.

If you have a more complex tax situation, there may be occasions where they don’t support a tax form you need or don’t offer as much guidance as other software.

Cash App is using its tax software as a marketing tool to get more money transfer users.

Cash App bought out Credit Karma Tax, so if you were looking to file through Credit Karma, that’s where it went.

e-File.com

e-File.com is an easy way for taxpayers to file their taxes online. You don’t even need to download anything. All you need is an internet connection and some basic knowledge about how to use the IRS’ filing system.

The process is simple: First, you’ll enter your information into a form. Then, you’ll upload documents like W2 forms, 1099 forms, etc. Finally, you’ll answer questions like “How many dependents are there?” and “What type of income did you make?”. eFile will automatically calculate everything else.

You can also choose whether you’d rather pay by credit card or bank account. If you’re looking for something more robust, eFile offers a premium version called eFile Plus. This includes things like a refund calculator, a built-in budgeting tool, and a feature where you can see how much you owe based on different scenarios.

FreeTaxUSA

FreeTaxUSA is better than Turbotax for its free features. You can file your federal taxes 100% for free.

FreeTaxUSA offers two paid upgrades.

First, you do have to pay a small fee for each state tax return.

Second, there’s a Deluxe option that lets you get additional support from a real person.

H&R Block

While H&R Block does have an online tax software option, they’re most known for their live tax assistance. You can either visit a local office or work with a tax professional via online video chat.

If you do want that extra help, H&R Block is probably your best option outside of a local tax preparer. If you want to do it yourself, you can probably find cheaper software somewhere else.

IRS Free File

The Internal Revenue Service partners with several tax preparation companies to offer free tax filing. To take advantage of this offer, you usually need to use a special link on the IRS website.

The software is the same software that you could buy, but going through Free File can often get you free tax filing when you might have had to pay.

There are income limits and what forms are available depends on which software you choose.

Liberty Tax

Like H&R Block, Liberty Tax does have online software, but they’re more known for in-person tax filing. With more than 2,500 locations across the United States, they may be a convenient option if you want someone to do your taxes for you.

TaxAct

TaxAct offers a variety of ways to file your taxes online including full DIY options and being able to get help from a tax professional.

TaxAct is usually very competitive on pricing and often includes more forms in its lower tiers compared to other providers.

TaxSlayer

TaxSlayer is a fully online tax software company. What sets it apart is its separate offerings for the military and self-employed.

TaxSlayer lets you start your tax return for free, and you only have to pay when you file. It’s competitively priced against similar software.

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