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Old 02-02-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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Anyone know what TurboTax is charging this year to file state returns electronically?
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:39 PM   #2
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I think it was $19.95 or $19.99. I printed and snail-mailed it, but when this topic came up last year someone pointed out that paying it would save him ~45 minutes standing in line at the post office. If that's the case where you live it changes the equation and I'd likely pay it too.

Where I live if there's a line at all it's one or two people.
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Old 02-02-2018, 07:38 PM   #3
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Last year, I found out that Colorado has a very easy online filing website that is free. I also have an account with them so I can pay taxes online with no additional charges.
TT did the calcs and I just entered the data.. very easy.
Check out your state tax web site.
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Old 02-02-2018, 09:33 PM   #4
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Last year, I found out that Colorado has a very easy online filing website that is free. I also have an account with them so I can pay taxes online with no additional charges.
TT did the calcs and I just entered the data.. very easy.
Check out your state tax web site.


This.
MD has a program called iFile but I never see or hear any promotion for it. None of my friends or relatives seem to be aware of it either. I've often wondered how many other states have similar programs that are under utilized. Might be helpful if others take walkinwood's suggestion to check their home state and post the results. Many members here seem to be highly motivated to save on tax prep. Our state let's you file early and sends out refunds within 3 days. If you owe you can still file early and they draw the payment just before the deadline.
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:36 AM   #5
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I like taxhawk. federal is free and 12.95 for state but you can get a 25% off coupon on the internet just about anywhere, so ends up being 9 and change for fed and state. good software. check it out. but I also saw in my incoming mail today that turbo tax is free to all states and federal is free if you meet the guidelines.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:38 AM   #6
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Delaware has a pretty easy (free) online tax program. I do my taxes including Delaware in TT. Print out the state then re-enter the information in the state's tax program and hit enter. Saves the 19.95 and takes about 15 minutes
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:10 AM   #7
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And depending on income, especially those that optimize for ACA credits, don't forget
https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file...taxes-for-free

I just did my BFs through the link to get the Free Turbo Tax version and state was also free to file so it cost me absolutely nothing which surprised me because he had small business expenses which I figured would trigger a fee.

I'm waiting on vanguard statements, but it said I'd be able to file absolutely free too...we shall see. If not Capital One said they had free tax filing so we shall see.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:34 AM   #8
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I think it was $19.95 or $19.99. I printed and snail-mailed it, but when this topic came up last year someone pointed out that paying it would save him ~45 minutes standing in line at the post office. If that's the case where you live it changes the equation and I'd likely pay it too.

Where I live if there's a line at all it's one or two people.
Don't wait until the last day to mail it. I mailed mine... just put stamps and thru it in the box. But you do need to pay stamps.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:33 AM   #9
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Delaware has a pretty easy (free) online tax program. I do my taxes including Delaware in TT. Print out the state then re-enter the information in the state's tax program and hit enter. Saves the 19.95 and takes about 15 minutes


How does that work? Which version of TT lets you compute your state tax without paying ? Or are you saying it only charges if you exile the state return?

Just finished the MD iFile and wished I could import data from the 1040 instead of copying.

FWIW the HR Bloch state upgrade is 39.95 but I only paid ~20 for basic Federal w/ 5 free exiles.
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How does that work? Which version of TT lets you compute your state tax without paying ? Or are you saying it only charges if you exile the state return?
Most versions of TTax that come on a disc or for download include free software for one state. They only charge for e-filing the state forms. Here's a link to the Amazon purchase page where you can click on the various disc or download options and see which ones include state software.

https://www.amazon.com/TurboTax-Delu...pSrc=srch&th=1
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:21 AM   #11
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Last year, I found out that Colorado has a very easy online filing website that is free. I also have an account with them so I can pay taxes online with no additional charges.
TT did the calcs and I just entered the data.. very easy.
Check out your state tax web site.
I always have used the Colorado Revenue site, even when it was less user friendly. I used the TT free download to check my results, but never paid TT to file the Colorado taxes.

A few years ago, I received a letter from the State of Colorado that I had not filed my return from several years previous. I had saved the printout of the webpages from the Colorado tax site for that year with the confirmation of filing message. So I sent that in and the issue went away. I feel that if I had used a different method of filing that the State might not have believed me so readily.

Now that I'm in New Mexico, they only allow on-line filing if you have filed before, so that rules out first year filers from submitting online.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:52 AM   #12
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For Colorado residents, here is the link to file state taxes
https://www.colorado.gov/revenueonline
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FWIW: Did DD's taxes with them and she just needed info on her CDL to efile for free. She inputs that .... wish I could get her to do the forms too as I 'guessed' on the HOH form (it insisted on taking eldest kid for linkage instead of 12 yo. I knew 12 yo's info & that 20 yo is FT college student / not sure of his exact income as he cannot get W2 from shuttered x-employer). So it doesn't ALWAYS cost to efile state

mine does but I don't want to be bothered. .... just want it to be done when I'm done
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$19.99, thru TurboTax. There's a third party that provides free eFiling in our state for low income households, they charge $12.95 to everyone else. So I eFile Fed and snail mail state at the last possible minute so our return is lost in the pile. I'd have to assume eFiling would streamline the state dept of revenue work process, so it ought to be "free" IMO (built into tax structure), but I suspect I know why it's not...
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Don't wait until the last day to mail it. I mailed mine... just put stamps and thru it in the box. But you do need to pay stamps.
Yes, that's why I took it to the P.O. since I had no idea what the postage would be. It's right down the street from the grocery store where we were going to stop in anyway.
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Most versions of TTax that come on a disc or for download include free software for one state. They only charge for e-filing the state forms. Here's a link to the Amazon purchase page where you can click on the various disc or download options and see which ones include state software.



https://www.amazon.com/TurboTax-Delu...pSrc=srch&th=1


So it looks like the TT Fed +State version is $10 more than Fed only. That's a good deal but not free like I thought jwde was saying.
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I'm not eligible to efile federal or state taxes because we are married filing separately. I have no idea why they created this limitation.
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