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Old 01-18-06, 09:33 AM
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IRS "Freefile"

Anybody here have experience with the IRS Freefile program that they would be willing to share? I've purchased TurboTax the last several years (and have been very happy with it) and want to know if the Freefile program is worthy.

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I've heard it's only helpful if you don't have a lot of deductions. I could be wrong for this year's version. I used TurboTax many years ago, but now I just have a friend work on my taxes since I have a number of deductions to figure in.
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I've used TurboTax and filed online for the past few years. Last year I used TurboTax online - actually, I think I have done that for the past 2 years - and was comfortable with it. Not sure what you're looking for, but I'm planning on doing this again this year, too.
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Originally Posted by reich17
Anybody here have experience with the IRS Freefile program that they would be willing to share? I've purchased TurboTax the last several years (and have been very happy with it) and want to know if the Freefile program is worthy.

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Freefile gives you the choice of a few different 'aftermarket' softwares including TurboTax. It does everything TT is supposed to do, you just don't pay for it. But you HAVE to access it via the IRS's Freefile link to use it for free. We used it last year and it worked fine. The IRS set it up this way - - contracting to software vendors - - so that they wpould not have to 'reinvent the wheel' in providing for free filing. Hope this helps.
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Freefile gives you the choice of a few different 'aftermarket' softwares including TurboTax. It does everything TT is supposed to do, you just don't pay for it. But you HAVE to access it via the IRS's Freefile link to use it for free. We used it last year and it worked fine. The IRS set it up this way - - contracting to software vendors - - so that they wpould not have to 'reinvent the wheel' in providing for free filing. Hope this helps.
I get the impression that many do not know what Freefile is. I am glad to hear from someone that has used it. I'm just curious as to how the software developer benefits from this, offering other fee based products to you while completing your return?
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Originally Posted by reich17
I'm just curious as to how the software developer benefits from this...?
I'm not quite sure how they benefit either - - maybe the software folks are hoping you'll access their site directly instead of through the IRS portal. I remember having to really dig in the IRS site last year for clarification to be sure use was going to be free . . . and I watched our filing like a hawk as I stepped through to be sure we weren't getting charged. But it all worked fine.
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I get the impression that many do not know what Freefile is.
I think that's what they are banking on. Just extra marketing exposure (getting to 'advertise' on the IRS web site) So then when the consumer is bombarded at Costco and other places with these huge POP displays with TurboTax just inside the door, they'll just scoop it up there and pay for it.
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