The paid programs are better and easier to use this year. Here is a comparision of the three most popular programs and their cost.
Taxpayers with simple returns have several free filing options, from using IRS forms online to getting help from tax prep firms at Wal-Mart.
Pay attention to your 1099 forms, because the IRS does. Even if you don't get a form, you still have to report the income.
Start by contacting your employer. If that doesn't work, call the IRS. Even if you never get the form, you still have to file on time.
Ths IRS processes electronic returns faster. Options include tax software, an accountant or, if you meet income guidelines, a free service.
H&R Block and Jackson-Hewitt are offering free preparation of 1040EZ forms at the discount retailer's stores. Wal-Mart also offers economical cashing of refund checks.
Americans who are worried during tax season -- which includes almost everyone -- are easy targets for con artists. Don't let them get you.
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