Since taxes are complicated, you may think a pro is always the way to go. But if you don't need certain kinds of help, you're wasting your money.
Does $100 billion sound like a lot for taxes? It's not what Americans owe every year -- it's what we pay to get our returns filed. But 70% of Americans shouldn't be paying anything.
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.
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