I don’t know about you, but whenever January gets here, I immediately start thinking about taxes. I start getting my receipts and other paperwork in order, and I anxiously scan my mail each day as I wait for my various 1099 and W2 forms.
My tax situation has been pretty straightforward over the years, so in the past I’ve always been able to file my own returns without the help of an accountant or anything like that. I tried some tax filing software one year, but felt that it was too complicated to use and wasn’t worth the $59.99 that I spent on it.
This year, I’m looking to file my taxes online because all my friends have told me that it’s easier than dealing with paper forms and there’s a better chance of getting a refund quickly (if one is due, of course). I thought that sounded like a good idea, so that’s probably what I’m going to do.
As you might expect, there are lots of websites out there that offer tax return services. I spent some time sifting through a few of these sites and discovered a good one called esmarttax.com. There are several things that separated eSmart Tax from the other sites I viewed.
First of all, eSmart Tax lists their prices for their most popular services right on the front page of the site. I could see at a glance that it costs just $7.95 to file a 1040EZ and that state returns cost just $12.95. There aren’t any hidden fees or anything like that, so you’ll know going in exactly how much you need to spend to file your returns.
Second, the eSmart Tax online tax filing software is easy to use. You can give it a test run by either viewing the demo on the site, or registering and testing out the software without actually submitting a return. Either way, you’ll get a good idea of how the software works and how easy it is to enter your data.
Third, eSmart Tax offers many advanced features that help ensure you’ll be getting the biggest return possible. For example, you can run different “what if” scenarios to see which one lowers your tax liability the most. I think this sounds like a great feature that I would definitely use often!
Overall, esmarttax.com looks like a winner as far as online tax services go. Give them a try this year!