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TaxAct is totally free for active service members, and there’s a $0 option for everyone else

If you e-file your taxes with TaxAct on Tax Day 2020, you'll choose from four plans: Free, Deluxe+, Premier+, and Self-Employed+.
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I insisted on doing my own taxes for years — until a CPA saved me $4,700

For years this self-employed writer did her own federal and state taxes using TurboTax — but that's changing for Tax Day 2020.
Learn how to contact the IRS if you haven't received your refund, because there could be an error.

How to contact the IRS if you haven’t received your refund

Knowing how to contact the IRS if you haven't received your refund is important because there could be a system error.
What deductions are you missing when filing your tax return?

10 things you probably didn’t know you could deduct on your taxes

What deductions are you missing when filing your tax return? Here are 10 that are often overlooked ahead of tax day 2019.
A smaller tax refund doesn't mean you lost money.

Financial experts say there’s no reason to panic if your tax refund is smaller this year

It's the first tax season under the new tax law President Donald Trump enacted in late 2017 and some filers are complaining of a smaller refund.
Filing a tax return as a freelancer takes some extra planning.

After getting in trouble with the IRS, I’ve figured out the best way to do my taxes for working multiple jobs

If you work more than one job, especially if you're a contractor who has 1099 income, extra planning can help you avoid messing up your tax return.
The Tuesday after Presidents Day Weekend is the busiest time for the IRS.

The IRS says the busiest day of tax season is right around the corner, and there’s a simple way to beat the rush

When can you file taxes? The IRS says the busiest day of tax season is right after Presidents Day Weekend. Avoid the rush by filing your taxes ASAP.
I've filed by taxes with H&R Block two years in a row.

After someone stole my tax refund 2 years ago, I found the best way to protect myself is also the easiest

I already filed my taxes with the IRS using H&R Block. It took about an hour, and I should get my tax refund within 21 days via direct deposit.
The new tax law changes won't be difficult to navigate if you're filing electronically.

The IRS says filing taxes under Trump’s new law should be ‘seamless’ for 90% of Americans

This tax season is the first under the new tax law, but the IRS says the filing process should be virtually the same as last year for most Americans.
You should file your taxes immediately, despite a potential tax refund delay, according to accountants.

The IRS can’t pay out tax refunds during the partial government shutdown, but experts say you should still file ASAP

You can still file your tax return during the government shutdown, but in the event of a prolonged shutdown, there will likely be a delay in refunds.