Since 2001 I’ve been using Tax Act software to do my taxes. They let you download free software that will do all of your forms and then charge you $7.95 to e-file, but you can always print everything out and mail in your forms at no charge. For the first two years I took advantage of the free software and paid for the e-file. The last couple of years I’ve sprung for the deluxe version for $12.95 that includes a free e-file. The free version of the software constantly bugs you about upgrading to the deluxe version. Also it doesn’t pull your information from W-2’s, 1098’s, and 1099’s from the previous year. So for $5 more I get a better product plus I feel like they deserve something for the efforts anyway, though why the IRS doesn’t write their own software and give it away I have no idea.
It’s nice because I can download the software and file my taxes without going to the store, without rebates, and without having books and CD’s to keep up with afterward. They also have an online version that is a couple of dollars cheaper and still includes the e-file, but I would rather have the software on my computer (not that I’ve ever used it again; I print my forms to Adobe Acrobat files when I’m done). You can pay another $10 and get the state version, but I do the state forms by hand since they just use the federal adjusted income and deductions anyway and are very easy.
I just downloaded it tonight and did a rough draft of my taxes. Looks like I owe a little bit this year.