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Turbo-Tax or Others for Filing Taxes?

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We have used Turbo-Tax for the last few years and are generally satisfied with the results and the cost is reasonable at under $50 (not sure of exact cost). Anyway, there is a FREE system being offered Tax-Act, does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this, I'm always leery about free.

 

I can't see paying a CPA hundreds of dollars, our finances are not that difficult and there aren't a ton of loopholes left for the little guy anyway. So, who does your taxes?

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I use TaxAct every year and do my own taxes. Never had an issue. It walks you through everything and looks for inconsistencies. I think Federal is free, but you pay for State.

 

You used to have to download their program and do it on your computer, which sucked 2 years later if you wanted to open an old file and didn't have the software. Now you do it online on their website (totally secure) and they save everything for you.

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NJ WebFile

File Your 2011 NJ-1040 From Your Computer

 

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is offering free internet filing of personal income tax returns for this tax season.

 

I’m Eligible - Go directly to NJ WebFile

 

There are a number of reasons for you to consider this method for filing your return:

 

Accuracy - The program checks information as you enter it to minimize errors.

Speed - Returns filed using WebFile get into the State processing system in less than 48 hours.

Confirmation - You will know that we received your return before you log off because you will receive a confirmation number.

Speedy Refunds - You can combine this filing method with Direct Deposit and receive your refund even sooner.

 

This is a secure system. Various "fire-walls" and security software are part of the program.

 

*NOTE: First time filers will be required to use direct deposit if due a refund.

 

Why Should You WebFile?

 

It's free. If you already have a PC and access to the Internet, you do not need any additional equipment or software.

It's a successful program. Thousands of taxpayers have successfully filed their returns using WebFile over the last three years.

It's easy to use. The program guides you through the return line by line.

Finish in one sitting, or save and come back later. If you need to stop in the middle of preparing your return, you can save it and come back and resume working on your return.

File now, pay later. You can opt to use e-check, credit card, or print out a payment voucher and mail it with your payment by April 17, 2012, if you have a balance due.

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Every successfully filed return is assigned a confirmation number. That number is presented to you as part of the last step in the process. You can check on the status of your refund, using the automated refund inquiry system (ARIS) by calling 1-800-323-4400.

 

Most resident returns can be filed using this program, including first time filers.

 

*NOTE: First time filers will be required to use direct deposit if due a refund.

 

Refund, Zero Balance, and Balance Due Returns

 

You can WebFile even if you claim credit for taxes you paid to other jurisdictions, (e.g. New York).

 

What you need to get started:

 

Just check to make sure that you are eligible to use NJ WebFile.

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I use turbotax. We split the cost between family members. Every year someone else buys it. I was very pleased with my return this year. Wifey doesn't work anymore so we dropped a couple tax brackets. :D It pays not to work. :huh:

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