If you’ve filed for an extension for reporting last year’s federal income tax, your deadline is quickly arriving. Here are some important resources to help you make that deadline.
File your taxes for free. The Free File Alliance allows residents in most states to file for free as long as the taxpayer meets certain qualifications. Here is a list of different services that provide options to file your tax return for free.
Economic Stimulus Tax Rebate Calculator. If you haven’t heard, many people who earned income in 2007 are eligible to receive some of their taxes back in the form of the economic stimulus. This calculator helps you estimate how much the government owes you for this particular payment. The deadline for filing your taxes to receive a stimulus payment is October 15.
TurboTax Online (the Federal Free Edition) is one of the most popular methods of filing taxes without an accountant. I’ve used this in the past and I was happy with the results.
The online version is good for simple taxes, but if you have more complex situations, you may want to try TurboTax Premier (with support for investments and rental properties) or TurboTax Deluxe to focus on deductions you may receive for mortgage interest paid, donations, or education expenses. Self-employed individuals may opt for TurboTax Home and Business.
H&R Block also offers a variety of software for filing your taxes, all available for completing your federal income tax filing before the October 15 deadline. H&R Block comes in several different flavors, including software packages on CD-ROM and online editions. One of these online services is directed towards young taxpayers, Tango.
Updated September 17, 2011 and originally published October 3, 2008.