Updated 04-14-2016

Online Tax Preparation and FilingOnline Tax Preparation and Filing

Preparing your taxes online is easy, secure, and can be much cheaper than using an accountant. Each service offers easy-to-use, web-based preparation tools that will walk you through each step of the tax process. But which service is the best for you? Our reviews can 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.

Online Tax Preparation and Filing Reviews & Ratings

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Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
H&R Block Rating: stars
Best overall service provider with its Free Federal Return, good support and audit protection; 15% discount on all plans
TurboTax Rating: stars
Fastest and easiest service around with the best online deduction finder tools and excellent customer support
TaxACT Rating: stars
Great value for filing your taxes online; email customer support for all plans and phone support for paid plans; pricey audit protection
eSmart Tax Rating: stars
Standard service with a few cool base features, including a Maximum Refund Guarantee; pricey extras can add up
FreeTaxUSA Rating: stars
Unbeatable price covers everything from free to complex returns; limited support options and simplistic interface
E-file.com Rating: stars
Limited support and simplistic interface make it less competitive; good option for simple filers and those who don't need audit support
Liberty Tax Service Rating: stars
Pricey option for both federal and state filing; thorough customer service and helpful FAQs

NextAdvisor Online Tax Preparation and Filing Blog Headlines

Tax Season is Almost Over: Tips for Last-Minute Filers
With the month of April now underway, we’re nearing the end of the 2016 tax season. This means that taxpayers who have not yet filed either need to file their return or request an extension before April 18. If you’re one of the numerous last-minute filers, here are some things you’ll want to keep in […]

What Can You Do with Your Tax Refund?
With Tax Day approaching, it’s now the season for receiving as millions of Americans are anticipating refund checks (if they haven’t gotten them already). Uncle Sam will pay out some $300 billion in refunds to about 66% of taxpayers, according to a study from the National Retail Federation. While recent surveys, like ones from the […]

IRS Warns of 400% Increase in Email Scams This Tax Season
It’s no secret that 2016 has so far been a landmark year for tax identity theft, and according to the IRS, an increase in email scams has been significant. In a statement released on Feb. 18, the bureau said it has seen an overall increase in phishing and malware scams of approximately 400% in comparison […]

What I Learned from Falling Victim to Tax Identity Theft
Falling victim to identity theft is never a fun situation to find yourself in, as I recently discovered when I learned my personal information was used to file a fraudulent tax return. Now that everything has been taken care of and things are starting to pan out, I’m sharing the lessons I learned to not only help […]

Did you know?

Did you know that over 60 million American consumers file their taxes online every year? In fact, the IRS e-file program was launched back in 1986 to make the process of filing taxes easier and cheaper for consumers. Preparing your taxes online is secure, easy and much cheaper than using an accountant. You can e-file both your state and federal taxes with many online providers, but we have found a great deal of variance in the quality of service and features that different online tax preparation and e-file services provide.

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How Does It Work?

Preparing your taxes online, also known as e-file, couldn't be easier. All of the providers we have reviewed have web based tax preparation tools that will walk you through each step of the tax preparation process. Most will help you identify deductions you are eligible for to help increase your tax return or decrease the size of your tax bill. No one likes paying taxes, but an online tax preparation and filing service will make the task much easier.
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Audit Protection

While nobody ever expects to get audited by the IRS, many people do each year. These tax audits can be stressful and costly. Several of the tax preparation and filing services we reviewed offer audit protection, which means they will provide guidance and support in the case that your tax return is audited. We strongly suggest that you consider audit protection when filing your taxes online.
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