Software

Save time and avoid mistakes with these five free tax apps

Introduction

It's that time of year again, and whether you are preparing to write Uncle Sam a hefty check or you are anticipating a fat refund, it's clearly in your best interest to make sure that your tax returns are complete and error free, and that they contain all the deductions you're entitled to. Fortunately, Americans who do their own taxes have more software choices than ever before, and for lightweight returns there are even free options available. While I don't claim to know which application is going to put the most cash in your pocket (the applications should theoretically deliver the same results), I can provide you with a rundown of some of the available choices.

Although this article provides a brief description of five free tax applications, it's worth mentioning that the IRS actually offers its own free tax filing service, called FreeFile.

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