*I was provided a product in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
If you're looking to file your taxes this year in a simple and easy way, then I highly recommend using H&R Block. Not only can file from the comfort of your own home online, it's also very easy and free if you only need to submit a basic return! However, if you're one of those people that would rather speak with someone in person face to face, they have offices you can go to as well. This post, however, will be about my experience filing online.
Filing online on your own may seem like a daunting task, but when I say filing with H&R Block is easy, it truly is! They guide you and ask you questions, and you simply input the information you have. The then fill out the forms based on your responses and information. They also have the ability to import your W-2, skipping the need for you to even have to input your income information. It is truly a simple, easy, some may say even fun process. I like how I can see as I go what my refund is based on what I've entered.
Since I do write for a blog, our taxes are a bit more complex since I have self employment income. I chose H&R Block because I want to make sure I'm getting everything right when it comes to filing our taxes. I also used the Tax Pro Review Add On, which gave me the added assurance that everything is being verified that it is correct and that we got the max refund possible. Tax Pro Review℠ gives DIY clients the opportunity to have their completed return reviewed by a tax professional – check/sign/e-file return with a tax professional without going into a tax office. You get secure document upload and one-on-one communication. Tax returns are delivered to clients for review within three days, while competitor turnaround is three business days. All H&R Block tax pros receive training beyond the minimum standards to remain registered with the IRS. The add-on cost for this service is $49.99-89.99 based on the complexity of your tax return.
Also, they offer the option to have your payment (if there is any) deducted from your return, so essentially you pay no money out of pocket for the services. You can check your refund status online in real time. They can also do direct deposit so the refund is in your bank account in as short of a time as possible.
Overall, H&R Block was the best price and value I found for a DIY tax return, and I would highly recommend using them to get your taxes done quickly and easily this year.
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