Online Tax Preparation and Filing Online Tax Preparation and Filing Reviews & Prices

Preparing your taxes online is easy, secure, and much cheaper than using an accountant. We've reviewed a number of services that will help you prepare your state and federal tax returns online and e-file them with the IRS. Each service offers web-based preparation tools that will walk you through each step of the process. Our comparison chart is designed to help you determine which online tax service is best suited to your individual needs, whether you have a complex return with many specialized deductions, or if you simply need a cheap and easy way to file your 1040EZ form. To learn more about online tax preparation services, visit our FAQ.

Updated 11-20-2015

Online Tax Preparation and Filing Comparison Chart

Service Name & RatingOnline Federal Tax ProductsFederal Only FeesState Only FeesSupport OptionsAudit ProtectionBottom Line
H&R Block Free Federal: Free
Basic: $33.99
Deluxe: $42.49
Premium: $63.74 (prices with discounts included)
Free for everyone, upgraded services $33.99 - $63.74$29.99 - $39.99Unlimited access to online help center; Single consultation with tax professional with purchase of Premium editionYes; 'Worry Free Audit Support' guarantees assistance from an H&R Block tax professional in the case of an audit Best overall service provider due to Free Federal Return, good support and audit protection; 15% discount on all plans
TurboTax Free Federal: Free
Deluxe: $54.99
Premier: $79.99
Home & Business: $104.99
Free if filing simple returns, otherwise $54.99 - $104.99$29.99 - $39.99Phone and online chat plus access to live community Q&AYes Easiest to use service with best online deduction finder tools and excellent support
TaxACT Free Federal: Free
Deluxe: $14.99
Free for everyone
$14.99 for Deluxe
$19.99 with Free Federal; $10.00 with Deluxe ($24.99 total)Unlimited email support; unlimited access to Answer CenterNo Great value for online tax preparation and filing but lacks audit protection
eSmart Tax Free: Free
Basic: 24.95
Deluxe: $39.95
Premium: $59.95
Free for everyone, upgraded services $24.95-$59.95$22.95-$31.95 if you file with your federal returnEmail and chat optionsNone Standard service with a few cool extras, including a Maximum Refund Guarantee
TaxBrain Federal E-file: $14.95
Basic: $19.95
Deluxe: $39.95
Premium: $69.95
$14.95 - $69.95$19.95 - $29.95Unlimited access to tech support via live chat, email and phoneEnhanced Professional Audit Assistance: $14.95 Solid, streamlined service but interface and pricing are a bit confusing
Service Name & RatingOnline Federal Tax ProductsFederal Only FeesState Only FeesSupport OptionsAudit ProtectionBottom Line
FreeTaxUSA Free Federal: Free
Deluxe: $5.36 (with discount)
Free for everyone, upgraded services $5.36$11.66 (with discount)Access to online help center; email supportYes, with purchase of the Deluxe service Unbeatable price covers everything from free to complex returns, but limited support options and audit protection requires an upgrade
TaxSimple Free Federal: Free;
Deluxe: $27.95
Premier: $49.95
Free if filing 1040EZ, otherwise $27.95-$49.95$24.95Email onlyNone Very limited support and spotty service availability; not recommended

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