Nobody said filing taxes were easy. If you're struggling with forms, take advantage of some low-cost―or free―help.
Simplify filing with a computer program that does the calculations for you. Software helps you avoid mistakes; it won’t allow you to file an incomplete form. Try TurboTax (free or up to $100, depending on your situation; turbotax.com). If your AGI is less than $56,000, you can participate in the free IRS Free File program. At irs.gov, select “Free File” under the Filing and Payments header for information.
If you earn less than $49,000, you qualify for free filing help from IRS-trained volunteers. Call the IRS hotline at 800-829-1040.
In 48 states, tax preparers are not required to have any formal training. So if your tax situation is even slightly complicated,
skip the storefront service and hire someone with one of the following certifications: