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Best FREE Online Tax Preparation Software: Our Top Options for 2017

What is the best free online tax service to use in 2017? If you have a simple or 1040ez tax return, there are a number of free versions of tax software from popular brands. But, which is best for you, and is it truly free? We researched the most popular free tax sites online, and came up with our list of the best four options to consider.

Just remember that if you have a mortgage, claim dependents, or have other deductions, you might have to opt for one of the premium versions of the software. (with the exception of TaxAct, which can handle complex tax returns for free)

Paying up front for a premium or “deluxe” edition is often a good investment, costing less than what you could lose from a single missed deduction. Also, while these brands offer free filing of your Federal taxes, State fees are often extra unless you meet their qualifications including a maximum income threshold. Here’s our list of the best “free” tax software options:


#1 TurboTax

As one of the most user-friendly tax programs on the market, you should find that you have no problem using Turbo Tax. This really is the best free tax software that absolute novices can use with utter ease. One of the major pros of this tax software option is the fact that it imports tax documents from a vast variety of companies.

In fact, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that this particular software imports documents from 1.4 million financial institutions and other companies. I’m sure that you’ll agree that is seriously comprehensive; more so than many of the other downloads on the market.

To truly pay nothing to file with TurboTax AbsoluteZero, you must meet a number of qualifications, including that your adjusted gross income be under $31k. (Or, under $60k for military or those who are eligible for the earned income tax credit.)

The free version of TurboTax is pretty decent, however, there are also paid-for versions that are available including their popular Deluxe Edition. The cost of these forms of software tends to rise depending on how close the tax return deadline is. Make sure that you check out all the small print before you agree to anything. That way, you can be sure that you will never, ever get caught out.


#2: H&R Block

You’ve likely heard of the H&R Block free software before now. They do a ton of advertising during tax season, and there are hundreds of H&R Block office locations spread out through strip malls in every state.

Their website states that their free version is “best for first-time tax filers,” meaning that only simple returns will actually be free. While it’s true that this software is easy to use, there’s something you should know before you attempt to use it for yourself. You see, like TurboTax, the free version of H&R Block is only available for your Federal returns in most cases.

H&R Block has a number of qualifications for their software to truly be free including that your adjusted gross income not exceed $53k, and you must be under age 53. If you have a mortgage or are self-employed, consider their Deluxe Edition for as little as $25.

If you aren’t filing a 1040ez tax form, or you’re hoping to complete a more comprehensive version that searches for deductions, you will need to fork out money for the pleasure of doing so. That’s likely enough to put a fair few people off, but there are a whole load of advantages to using this tax accounting software.

If you need a little extra help along the way when it comes to filing your taxes, you should find that H&R Block is the perfect program for you. The helpful little ‘Learn More’ button is always available, which means that you should never have any problem understanding the software. All you have to do is click the tab and a short description box will open. Perfect. The navigation of the software should also be simple to follow; it works as a step-by-step platform which means you will never get lost.


#3: TaxACT

Again, this “free” software is only free when it comes to filing your Federal tax return. Still, it’s well worth your time and really is one of the best free tax software options on the market right now. Unlike it’s competitors TaxAct is not limited to simple tax returns, and can handle more complex tax situations than just 1040ez.

For a long time, it was hailed as one of the cheapest ways to do your taxes. However, you should know that there are a few costs to be considered before leaping at this opportunity. For example, if you need to itemize your accounts, you will actually need to use TaxACT Plus, which costs $14.99.

To qualify for the TaxAct Free File version, you must have an adjusted gross income under $52k.

So, what do you get with this tax software and why should you use it? Well, the security features on TaxACT are quite top-notch. For example, after just a few minutes of inactivity, the program will log you out safely. That means that you will never accidentally leave your personal information out for all to see. What’s more, the accounting software allows you to review your summary as you go. Bonus.


#4 TaxSlayer

  • taxslayer logoOne of the top free tax preparation software downloads online
  • Free Federal efile, State fee: free or $22
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Finally, we come to TaxSlayer. I’m not a fan of the name, as I always picture a clip-art quality dragon getting slayed by a knight, but maybe that’s just me.

Compared to other accounting and tax programs on the market, Tax Slayer s is a rather basic setup. However, that does not mean that you should make the mistake of overlooking it. If you’re hoping for a straightforward, clean way to do your taxes, you may just have found it.

There is a rather helpful ‘Program Guide’ which will take you through the step-by-step process of completing your forms. Still, if you are used to filing your taxes, you might not even need the guide at all. Should that be the case, you can move ahead to the forms and get on with it. What’s more, the program supports all the most popular IRS forms, and so you should have no problems using this software.


The best free software for filing your taxes: just don’t sacrifice features for “free”

free signSo, with the exception of TaxAct, the free version of any software is intended for simple tax returns. If you have kids and a mortgage, you’re likely better off paying for a premium version of their software. In most cases, this will help you find more deductions, which will ultimately more than pay for the cost of the software. In fact, a single missed deduction, like giving $200 to charity, could cost you more than you saved by going with the free version of the software.

In any event, good luck, and I hope you’re able to truly file your taxes for free! If you’ve had experience with any of these free tax options, please send us your review!

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Nivea Men Creme: FREE Sample Tin – Moisturizer

Free sample of NIVEA moisturizing cream for men: You can request a free sample of Nivea’s moisturizing creme developed especially for men, directly from their website:

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About the NIVEA Men Creme Free Sample

Nivea multi-purpose cream for face, body, and hands is a non-greasy and fast-absorbing cream. It comes in a smart little tin, and I assume this is the 2.6 ounce size, so you save $3.50 + shipping by getting the freebie. Nice!

NIVEA men creme can be used as a daily lotion for your face, body, and hands, or post-shave balm. Also, the word, “cream” is spelled in a fancy, German way, so you know it’s good and manly.

The “men” creme doesn’t have a real masculine fragrance, (although it smells great!) so you can feel free to steal it from him if he doesn’t use it.

NIVEA Men Creme Reviews & Ratings

The reviews are all pretty positive on sites like Amazon and Walmart, so it seems to be a hit! NIVEA men creme is great on cold or windy days for your face, or any dry areas on your body.

It also took home one of the “Men’s Health grooming awards,” saying that the tin made it great for throwing in a gym bag or carry-on bag.

*limit 1 free sample per household or email address

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Pennzoil Coupon: $5 or $10 Off Any Oil Change

pennzoil_logoCoupon for Pennzoil Oil Change – There are hundreds of locations that use Pennzoil brand motor oil for oil changes, and they should all accept these coupons directly from Pennzoil towards oil changes.

Get $5 off any regular oil change, and $10 off a synthetic oil change with Pennzoil Platinum.

So, here are the best coupons we can find, directly from Pennzoil:

Get your Pennzoil coupon here at Pennzoil.com

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Pennzoil: $5 Off Your Next Oil Change

Choose your nearest participating location at Pennzoil.com and get a printable coupon for up to $10 off an oil change. Coupons will look like this: (samples)

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Pennzoil: $10 Off Your Next Synthetic Oil Change

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Using a coupon for Pennzoil

Just go to the store locator at Pennzoil.com and choose a garage or service center that accepts Pennzoil coupons. Then, print out your customized coupon for $5 off any regular oil change, or $10 off any synthetic oil change using Penzoil Platinum motor oil.

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Snapfish: 6 Free Photo Cards – Invitations, Announcements, etc.

snapfish logo6 Free Cards from Snapfish.com – Get 6 free invitations, announcements, or photo cards from Snapfish.  This promotion includes birth announcements, save the dates, wedding invitations, graduation announcements, thank you cards, birthday invitations, and much more.

How to get the free cards from Snapfish:

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Snapfish: 6 free birth announcements, save the dates, graduation announcements, thank you cards, wedding invitations, or birthday invitations

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More coupons for Snapfish.com here: http://omgphotos.com/snapfish-promo-codes/

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Free Samples From Vistaprint: For Business or Wedding

red vistaprint logoFree Samples from Vistaprint – If you are a small business owner / entrepreneur, or are recently engaged, then you might be interested in free samples from Vistaprint. It’s a great hand-on way to see if their wedding or marketing products are right for you. They even ship for free:


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Free Samples for Business

Vistaprint offers a free sample kit that includes samples of it’s most popular marketing materials in varying paper stocks and finishes. (Glossy or matte) Included in the kit are a number of free business cards, postcards, and a brochure. Each one is printed with helpful information about exactly which paper stock, and other options were used:

Free Samples for Wedding Printing

If you’re going to be planning a wedding, one of the most important things to nail down is the printing. This includes everything from engagement party invites to the wedding invitations and menu. If you aren’t in a rush, (they say it can take up to 2 weeks to deliver) request free sample wedding kit from Vistaprint. If you do place an order, be sure to always use one of their coupons!

Recommended Vistaprint freebies

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Free Harley Davidson Sticker: Roll Your Own

Get a free sticker promoting Harley Davidson’s new “Roll Your Own” campaign. Is there a stronger American brand than Harley Davidson? (Other than Apple, and maybe Bob’s Big Boy, of course!)

Freebie: Free Harley Davidson “Roll Your Own” Sticker


Roll Your Own – I Don’t Get It

Anyway, I’m not familiar with the whole roll your own thing. It sounds to me more like a tobacco company’s slogan, and a lot like the, “Roll Tide” thing that Alabama fans give each other. (If you’re a Harley owner in Alabama, I wonder if you get dizzy from all that rolling?)

Oh, well, what do I know. I drive a minivan most of the time, so as a father of three young kids with mediocre health insurance, I shouldn’t be riding a motorcycle anyway.

Harley Davidson Roll Your Own Commercial

See, once again, the Dad in me is coming out, because I’m looking at this video thinking things like, “wow, that’s so unsafe,” and, “why does that young lady have a big leg-tattoo…”

OK, I’m not cool. Anyway, if you are a DIY car or motorcycle owner, you can get some good coupons for Advance Auto Parts here, plus about 100 deals every month in their flyer.

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Weight Watchers: Join FREE, New Oprah Promotion

logo weight watchersJoin Weight Watchers Online for Free: You may have heard that in October Oprah Winfrey announced that she had purchased a 10% stake in Weight Watchers. Not only did the stock double, but it sent thousands of people looking to join Weight Watchers.

Well, the Oprah-effect is happening again, as Oprah just tweeted a video showing how Weight Watchers helped her to lose 26 pounds.

This time the excitement includes a coupon to join Weight Watchers Online for free (saves $30!) this month. (and beyond?) You can also get your first 2 months fees back if you lose 10 pounds or more:


Apply this Weight Watchers Coupon


Other Weight Loss Programs scramble to attract New Members After The Join Free Promotion

“I believe in the @weightwatchers program so much I decided to invest, join the Board, and partner in #wwfamily evolution.” — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 19, 2015

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You can imagine that other diets couldn’t afford to watch the Oprah buzz around Weight Watchers sitting down, so there a couple of other good offers on the table this weight loss season:

Only time will tell how long the Oprah effect helps Weight Watchers, but you can see the excitement reflected in the stock price, which promptly doubled the month of her tweet. (I’m sure Oprah was the MOST excited, as she owns 6 million shares of Weight Watchers!)

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Free Disney Family Decal: Stick Figure Car Sticker

disney parks logoEver see those Disney decals on the back of cars with the stick figure families? Now you can design and get your own decal free from Disney Parks.

Add mouse ears, a princess hat, a turkey leg, or even the family dog to the design. Hey, you can even see the castle in the background! There are a bunch of free design options, but for some “premium” accessories, you’ll have to share your email address. (still free, though!)

Freebie: Get free Disney stick figure family decal


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Free stick figure family car decals from Disney Parks

disney parks logoThese decals are really fun to make, (did i mention it’s free?) so grab the kids and design yours today!

So what if Disney keeps raising the price of park admission to the stratosphere… they’re offering free stickers! (ha, ha) Check it out, and make your own free decal today.


Related coupon: Get your Disney photos printed at Shutterfly.com, and use a coupon for 50% off prints

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Turbotax Free File: 2017 Free Federal Version – Free State?

turbotax logoFile your Federal taxes for free with TurboTax Free Edition: It’s tax season, and while you still have time until the 2017 tax deadline, you should roll up your sleeves and start collecting all those tax forms that you’ll need to start filing your taxes soon.

If you don’t own a home, have dependents or are a student, your might consider filing your simple tax return with TurboTax Free Edition 2017. Federal efile is free, state file is usually extra unless Intuit is running a promotion:

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20% off TurboTax Deluxe here. (more complex tax returns)
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Can You File State Taxes Free With TurboTax in 2017?

coupon shareState filing fees are usually extra, so the “free” applies only to your federal taxes. As a special promotion last year, TurboTax did off free state file, but that was the only time I’ve seen it.

How Much Does TurboTax State File Cost? Are there Coupons for State File?

While Federal eFile is free, the cost for state file is $39.99. (2017) You can use a coupon for Federal and state filing to reduce this cost by about 10%. You’ll see the initial discount on the software, and a 10% discount when you file your state tax return. State filing fees are the same for all versions, including the Home & Business 2017 edition of TurboTax.

TurboTax Freedom Edition Vs. Free Version: What’s the Difference?

The TurboTax Federal Free Edition is part of the standard lineup of TurboTax products from Intuit and is meant for simple tax returns. There is no limit on income level with the “free” version.

The TurboTax Freedom Edition is intended for lower-income tax filers regardless of the simplicity of their tax return. The Freedom Edition is offered through the IRS Free File Alliance Program. State returns are free with the Freedom Edition. More at turbotax.com.

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Free Seed Packet of Bee-Attracting Flowers: Freebie from FeedaBee.com

Bees need flowers, and you need freebies! (that’s what they call a “symbiotic” relationship)

Just click over to feedabee.com and click the box that says, “send me a free seed packet for a packet of seeds.” They have selected seeds for wild flowers that bees love.

Get this freebie at feedabee.com


free bee flower seedsMake this into a fun little activity, and teach your kids how important bees are to our world. (Without them, there wouldn’t be a viable food chain)

Also, remember that bees (pollinators) prefer sunny places, so be sure to pick out a sunny spot to plant the seeds!

Get your free seed packet to grow flowers for bees. After you receive your seeds, check their site for planting tips, growing tips and special ways you can support pollinator health. Make sure to share your flowers’ growing progress online using #FeedABee


Need to send flowers? Save 15-20% with a coupon:

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