TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition review

Get your tax return done quickly with this helpful iPad program.

TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition guides you step-by-step through the process of filing your 2013 federal tax return for hassle-free filing. Just answer the questions presented on each page, and watch your refund grow as you work your way through the program.

Each time you open TaxACT, you'll have the option of reopening a return you've already started or starting a new one. To start a return, you only need to create an account by entering your e-mail, a preferred username, a password, and a security question and answer. Once you're into the program, itself, you'll see the navigation bar on the left-hand side of your screen. On the right is where the forms to fill out will appear. You can see all of the steps laid out clearly in the navigation bar, and you can skip to any one of them at any time, or you can let the program guide you through the process step by step. Across the top of the screen, you'll see a status bar with the estimated amount of your return, which will automatically update as you make your way through the program. When you're done filling out one page, just hit the forward button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to move to the next page, or hit back to review information you've already entered.

The free version of TaxACT 2013 is a great tool for filing a basic tax return. The interface is clean and intuitive, and the program runs smoothly. If your return is a little more complicated, though, or if you want help to ensure you get the maximum possible return, you can upgrade to the deluxe version of the app for $9.99. This provides additional features like the ability to import your 2012 tax return information if you used this program before, life events guidance, tax tutor and tax tips, and free phone support.

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