how to file your tax returns

tackling income taxes

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tackling income taxes

Curious how to file taxes? You’ve come to the right place! The short answer is: there are a lot of ways to do it. We’ll walk you through some options, from free to… not free.

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Curious how to file taxes? You’ve come to the right place! The short answer is: there are a lot of ways to do it. We’ll walk you through some options, from free to… not free.

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How to file your tax returns

 

You’re probably asking yourself the question: how do I file my tax returns? The short answer is: there are a lot of ways you can do it. We’ll walk you through some options, from free to… not free.

 

Ways to file your taxes

 

  • Do it yourself, by hand – you can print out all the forms you need from irs.gov, fill them out, and mail them in. This is definitely the most tedious way that allows for the most margin for error, so pay strong attention to detail if you’re going this route.
  • Do it yourself, online – there are a handful of online options available, many of which will guide you through the process. It’s typically easier this way, because in many cases the math is all done for you. No worrying about forgetting to carry the 6.
  • Use a service – there are many online services that you pay a fee to that will help you handle this. Sometimes this is easier, but can get costly so it might all come down to your budget.
  • Use an accountant – definitely the most expensive, but sometimes the easiest of all. Your accountant will usually just do it all for you, ask a few questions, and you’re on your way until it’s time to sign. But, again, it’ll cost ya.

Available softwares

 

There are a handful of software options available for filing online. Some of them are free, some you have to pay for, and some offer both a free and paid option.

 

  • E-file – probably the most well known electronic filing option, it’s a free service that allows you to file directly.
  • TurboTax – TurboTax offers a range of options, from a free filing service to one that allows you to talk to experts as you’re going through the filing process.
  • H&R Block – Similar to TurboTax, H&R Block offers a range of options, but at a lower price. H&R Block offers more in-person options, but comes with a less enticing online experience.

 

There are clearly many ways you can file, and how you do it is likely to depend on your financial commitment. Some people like to set it and forget it. But, that’s not realistic for most people. Do what’s best for you and make sure to do your research.

overview

How to file your tax returns

 

You’re probably asking yourself the question: how do I file my tax returns? The short answer is: there are a lot of ways you can do it. We’ll walk you through some options, from free to… not free.

 

Ways to file your taxes

 

  • Do it yourself, by hand – you can print out all the forms you need from irs.gov, fill them out, and mail them in. This is definitely the most tedious way that allows for the most margin for error, so pay strong attention to detail if you’re going this route.
  • Do it yourself, online – there are a handful of online options available, many of which will guide you through the process. It’s typically easier this way, because in many cases the math is all done for you. No worrying about forgetting to carry the 6.
  • Use a service – there are many online services that you pay a fee to that will help you handle this. Sometimes this is easier, but can get costly so it might all come down to your budget.
  • Use an accountant – definitely the most expensive, but sometimes the easiest of all. Your accountant will usually just do it all for you, ask a few questions, and you’re on your way until it’s time to sign. But, again, it’ll cost ya.

Available softwares

 

There are a handful of software options available for filing online. Some of them are free, some you have to pay for, and some offer both a free and paid option.

 

  • E-file – probably the most well known electronic filing option, it’s a free service that allows you to file directly.
  • TurboTax – TurboTax offers a range of options, from a free filing service to one that allows you to talk to experts as you’re going through the filing process.
  • H&R Block – Similar to TurboTax, H&R Block offers a range of options, but at a lower price. H&R Block offers more in-person options, but comes with a less enticing online experience.

 

There are clearly many ways you can file, and how you do it is likely to depend on your financial commitment. Some people like to set it and forget it. But, that’s not realistic for most people. Do what’s best for you and make sure to do your research.

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