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What they're charging you $30 for is the ability to get your refund sooner. If you don't want to pay for that ability, then maybe it's time for you to learn to do taxes the old fashioned way (kinda). Hit the IRS website http://www.irs.gov/ and download Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ and the accompanying instructions. They are all PDF files which have been ...


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If your adjusted gross income (AGI) is over $66k, you don't qualify for the free tax filing software anymore, per the IRS Free File site (link). Some options: Pay for tax preparation software Use the tax preparation software on a relative or friend's machine, but don't e-file - print out your return and mail it in. (Note: Some software packages may have ...


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Normally, you can use "free file fillable forms", which is the IRS file for free option for higher incomes. The forms are web-based and very basic; aside from some basic addition and subtraction, you have to enter everything manually as you would on a paper form. You also have to manually enter information such as your W-2 information. This is free for all ...


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Well, if your income is too high for typical "free" file services, you could use something like Credit Karma Tax which is free to use with virtually no income limits (so long as they cover your tax situation - which is pretty likely). My income has been above the "free" file limits for years yet I've never paid to file taxes and always do so online. Maybe ...


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This is confirmed as a bug in https://www.irs.gov/e-file-providers/free-file-fillable-forms-help##knownsoftware with tentative fix date of February 1. Edit: as of February 4, this bug seems to be fixed. Edit: as of February 15, 2020, this bug is back and unfixed in the 2019 tax year software.


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Free File eligibility is based on your Adjusted Gross Income. If you are just slightly over the limit, an increase in any of the above-the-line deductions will lower your adjusted gross income and could bring you below the Free File threshold. If you haven’t yet contributed the maximum contribution for 2017 to a traditional IRA, you have until you file ...


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freetaxusa.com has free federal filing and $12.95 state filing. As far as I can tell, there is no income limit for the free federal filing.


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Depending on what you need to explain, you can submit your electronic return without the supplemental information and subsequently mail a Form 8453 with the additional information. This is helpful for form 8489, for example, where you need to list every transaction reported by your stock broker on a 1099-B. See https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8453.pdf for ...


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You need to wait for them to reject and follow the instructions on how to resubmit. In some cases, if e-file got rejected, you'll have to paper-file the fixed one. If you're rejected, the submission deadline gets extended by a few days, so as long as you resubmit on time, you're OK.


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Yes, anyone may use Free File Fillable Forms. The process is essentially the same as using paper forms and ballpoint pen; you must read all the same instructions, do all your own scratchwork for non-submitted worksheets, and fill out every line of each form with the exact same values you would on a paper form. Many people find interactive tax preparation ...


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If you are married filing separately, you need to choose the same type of deduction (standard or itemized) as your spouse. Since you checked the box on line 23b, you indicated that your spouse chose the standard deduction, so you must use the standard deduction also. The standard deduction for married filing separately this year is $6300, but because you ...


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Ben Miller has already answered with some ways you might be able to bring your adjusted gross income below the cutoff. If you are unable or unwilling to do so, then your options are more limited: Pay the $30 (which is actually a pretty good deal for tax prep software - I paid nearly $70 for mine this year) Go elsewhere (several of the other answers ...


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use credit karma, but double-check using turbotax the "free file" limitations vary widely from one provider to another. just pick one of the tax filing websites that is free for your income level (e.g. credit karma for 2017). if you're concerned about the accuracy of the provider, simply complete your taxes in a name brand provider like turbotax (but don'...


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If I recall correctly from my last 4 years using FFFF (I finally switched to TurboTax this year), the "Done with this form" button is what you press to be taken back to the main screen (i.e. the 1040) after you're done working on any form/schedule that's not the 1040. So I believe it's greyed out because pressing it wouldn't do anything.


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You can, but for incomes less than $58K you can also use free versions of tax return preparation software. I'm guessing IRS assumed that people would prefer to use software if they can, rather than raw forms. I would assume the same.


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VITA sites prepare taxes for free if the return meets their qualifications. (I know this because I am a qualified VITA volunteer). This includes regular wages, some small businesses income, interest and dividend income, capital gains, IRA distributions and social security benefits, earned income credit and many other tax situations. They have sites in all ...


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It sounds like you need to clear the relationship field itself. If you've done that and it shows a null value (not "NONE" but blank), the usual thing you should do is save and quit and reload - that often resets values to show what the application actually thinks you should have. You should have a field that says "NONE" for relationship,...


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Be warned, this answer isn't pretty, and completely defeats your efforts to e-"phile". But it will be timely. Time is of the essence... or it's not If you owe any money, you need to pay up by April 17. Period. This is separate from filing your taxes. Obviously it's expedient to do both together. If the IRS owes you money (or if you're even), there is ...


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I use Credit Karma Tax and it has ALWAYS worked for me. They don't allow amended returns, so make sure you have ALL your forms ready to go. They are completely free and I had my Federal and State refund in 6 calendar days. I highly recommend them.


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I was able to file my taxes for free last year but not this year. I am not a finance specialist whatsoever and after spending 45 minutes to an hour of struggling to find the correct form I simply gave up. Take a step back and examine how much time you've spent on trying to figure out how to file your taxes. Think of how much your time is worth and compare ...


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