You wouldn’t know it by visiting the home page of any tax filing site like TurboTax or H&R Block, but there’s a government-endorsed program that coerces these companies to provide completely free tax preparation and filing to many low- and mid-income folks. The TurboTax version is called Tax Freedom, but there are many others — each with different qualifying criteria. It’s all spelled out at the IRS site, which includes links to each of the programs. Since you can expect to pay at least $30 to prepare and file your federal return with most sites or retail software (and much more for a human preparer), this method offers some nice savings for anyone who qualifies.
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