TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition review

File your federal taxes online for free with this easy-to-use option.

TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition not only supports 2013 federal 1040EZ and other basic returns but also any IRS electronic filing form. Free services and tools like the Dependent and FAFSA Assistants help you find all eligible deductions. Expert help is available, too, including support if you're audited, and returns are guaranteed 100 percent accurate. TaxACT promises to find you the maximum return, if you've got one coming. You can do your state taxes at the same time for a small fee, too.

We like that you can not only try TaxACT for free, but also without registering. It's easy to create a free account, and you'll need one to file, but just offering the choice suggests an enhanced privacy concern. It's easy: Click either the "Register Now" or "Register Later" tab on TaxACT Free's site, and follow the clear, step-by-step instructions. You'll need your personal financial data to complete the process, of course. We followed the tool's advice at every step and were never at a loss, though help is available from a searchable Answer Center. The Forms and Topics page organized all Forms, Schedules, Documents, and Worksheets, as well as tax topics in two easy-to-navigate tree-views. Though eFiling enables totally paperless tax filing, a print copy is a good idea, and TaxACT Free makes that easy, too. Security pop-ups appeared when we idled too long -- another good security sign.

Electronic filing has come a long way since the IRS first offered the option. While preparing your taxes is rarely easy, TaxACT 2013 Free Edition not only takes the cost, but also some of the sting out of the process.

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