The Best Online Tax Software

Five easy-to-navigate tools that'll help take the stress out of tax season.

By Kaitlyn Pirie
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Cost*: Free Federal Edition: free for one federal, plus $28 for one state. Basic: $20 for one federal, plus $37 for one state. Deluxe: $30 for one federal, plus $37 for one state. Premier: $50 for one federal, plus $37 for one state. Home & Business: $75 for one federal, plus $37 for one state. SnapTax app: $25 for one federal and one state return, plus e-filing for both.

Help desk: Certified tax experts (including CPAs and tax attorneys) are available to answer your questions by phone or chat.

Pros: The program walks you through step-by-step deductions personalized for you (they are based on a series of questions about your occupation); an e-mail or a text is sent to you when your return is accepted by the Internal Revenue Service.

Cons: The tiered pricing system can be confusing. Purchase a paid version and you will be able look at your information from year to year.

*The package you use depends on your specific tax situation.

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