Don't expect to find many bells and whistles, but this bare-bones software may be all you need to file your taxes quickly and easily. It's one of the cheapest options yet one of the few that offers free federal filing for those with small-business income, investments, and/or dependents.
FreeTaxUSA lives up to its name by allowing a broad array of taxpayers file their federal returns for free, even if they have children, investments, and/or freelance or small business income. FreeTaxUSA reviews point to the variety of schedules and forms this online software supports. State e-filing costs $9.95, but with free printing you can do your entire return for the price of postage if you'd like. A deluxe version available for $5.95 includes priority responses when you contact customer support, free filing of amended returns should you make a mistake ($9.95 otherwise), and audit assistance to help you respond to IRS requests.
The downsides to this software: It's available only online, a concern to some who don't like having their personal and financial information "out there" on the web. The program is pretty basic, so if you need a lot of guidance, a different option may suit you better. Nonetheless, consumers posting FreeTaxUSA reviews and comments on Amazon and SiteJabber point to ease of use as a major selling point. It's common to see FreeTaxUSA reviews from repeat customers who have been using the site for years and been pleased with the results.
In general, if you're looking for a budget option, this is a safe choice. A reviewer who claims to have a master's degree in the field writes on Amazon that after switching to FreeTaxUSA from a big-name competitor, he found the two services similar enough that unless your tax needs can be met only by complex and costly software, the basic service from FreeTaxUSA is a better value.