Here’s the Best Tax Software for 2018

You can't avoid taxes, but you can avoid unnecessary cost and pain by using the right tax software.


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  • Dependable service for individuals and the self-employed
  • Excellent for those on a budget

TaxAct is another longtime provider of online tax preparation services. Dating back to the late 1990s, the company has made a name for itself as an affordable alternative to other products. The price to prepare and file a federal tax return normally ranges from $27-$51 with an additional fee for the state return. (Rates are currently discounted: See links below.)

Those filing a simple 1040A or 1040EZ can use TaxAct’s free service for both state and federal returns. However, you’ll need to pay an extra $15 if you want to import last year’s tax data or use phone support.

Although TaxAct is comparatively no-frills — you won’t find a 1040 smartphone app here — the service is a solid choice. It offers a $100k Accuracy Guarantee that promises accuracy and pledges to get customers the biggest refund possible. The website will provide seven years of access to your return as well as technical phone support with its paid service.

Ready to get started? Click on one of the links below for deals (available as of publication date):

For itemized returns, homeowners and investors: 20 percent off TaxAct Plus Edition
Comprehensive package plus audit defense: 20 percent off TaxAct Premium Edition
For the self-employed, freelancers and contractors: 20 percent off TaxAct Freelancer Edition
For 1040EZ and 1040A filers with simple returns: 2016 Free Edition


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