The 5 Best Tax Software Programs for 2019

3. H&R Block

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Long before people were filing taxes online, they were relying on H&R Block to prepare and file taxes for them the old-fashioned way. Today, the company still maintains a network of offices for those who want to hire a tax preparer. But they have also put their software online and in stores for taxpayers to file their own returns.

Regular prices for online filing of federal returns range from zero dollars to $119.99.

All editions, including the free one, offer free technical support via chat, and all paid editions offer free support by phone. Additionally, the most expensive and newest edition, Tax Pro Review, offers a comprehensive review of your return by a tax pro.

Get started with H&R Block by clicking here.

4. TaxSlayer

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TaxSlayer doesn’t have the same name recognition as some of the bigger tax preparation firms, but the company has many of the same features as its bigger competitors, including the ability to import data from competitors. It supports all major IRS forms and provides both phone and chat support.

TaxSlayer is up there with TaxAct when it comes to affordable returns. Prices for federal returns currently range from zero dollars to $57.

Active-duty military members can file a federal tax return for free with a TaxSlayer Classic edition, making it a good choice for those in the service.

Get started with TaxSlayer by clicking here.

5. Jackson Hewitt

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Like H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt was offering tax preparation services in an office long before it started filing people’s taxes online. Today, the company offers both options — including the option to have someone do your return for you in a Walmart store.

For online federal tax preparation and filing, regular prices range from zero dollars to $109.95. However, discounts that were available as of Monday can cut those regular prices by more than 50 percent.

Get started with Jackson Hewitt by clicking here.

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