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eSmart Tax

By Liberty Tax Service Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 11, 2013

If your federal or state taxes are easy to figure out, it hardly makes sense to pay someone else simply to file your returns. One option is Liberty Tax Service's eSmart Basic Service, which offers some advantages over other e-filing options we've tried, starting with the obvious one: It's free. The Basic online filing service has other things going for it, as well, including the ability to import data from competing tax software such as TurboTax, H&R Block at Home, and TaxAct; free technical support via Chat; and free CPA support if you're audited. While eSmart offers free federal tax preparation and e-filing, it'll cost you $19.95 if you want to file your state taxes, too.

If you're not sure about eSmart or e-filing, you can also simply try it before signing up for a free account. That's what we did. The secure Web-based tool and tabbed forms include lots of information about each step and walked us through the entire preparation and filing process with interview-style "yes-or-no" questions. We added our Personal, Employment, and Miscellaneous data as well as Filing Options. Clicking Help Me Decide opened pop-us with further details about each step, such as choosing a filing status. The program won't let you leave anything out if you should skip a step. Of course, if you have last year's taxes handy, you can simply import them into eSmart Basic and update your information if necessary.

We found eSmart's Basic service to be easy to understand and navigate, with plenty of help available where you need it. We were impressed with the depth of state-related information, too. Everything we saw suggests that eSmart Basic can handle the job of e-filing your taxes when you're ready to send them in.

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Release January 14, 2013
Date Added January 14, 2013

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Operating Systems Windows, Webware
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

eSmart Tax is an easy-to-use, eFile tax preparation and filing service. There's no software to download and the process is straight-forward and secure. Plus, you can file your return with confidence knowing that eSmart Tax has tools you need to make sure you're getting the biggest tax refund possible.

Best of all, eSmart Tax offers free tax filing! Now that's smart!

And not only will you be getting the best value for your income tax filing, you'll have the peace of mind that comes with having your return backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax Service. That's right, eSmart Tax is the online division of Liberty Tax Service, so in case you decide not to file online, there are over 3,800 Liberty Tax locations throughout the United States and Canada with more than 23,000 certified tax preparers ready to assist you. When you file with eSmart you're in good hands. Guaranteed.

eSmart Tax Basic Edition includes

  • FREE Chat - Technical support via chat
  • Competitor Import - Import last year's TurboTax or TaxAC return for FREE
  • Interview-style - Easy "yes" or "no" interview-style questions
  • CPA Audit Assistance - Free audit support from a Liberty Tax CPA
  • Efile - Free federal tax prep and efile
  • eFile State Taxes - Only $19.95

    Are you a homeowner or do you have retirement income? eSmart Tax's Deluxe Edition can provide you with the tools for your return.

    eSmart Tax Deluxe Edition includes

    • FREE Tax Support - Work with our Liberty Tax professionals to get answers to your tax questions
    • FREE Chat - Technical support via chat
    • Import prior year data - Import last year's tax return for FREE
    • Federal Tax Preparation and e-File - Easy-to-follow, "yes" or "no" questions that make free e-filing effortless.
    • CPA Audit Assistance - Free audit support from a Liberty Tax CPA
    • Itemized Deductions - Our program allows you to choose either standard or itemized deductions.
    • More Credits - Calculates health coverage tax credit for displaced workers who paid for continued health insurance after being laid-off, alternative motor vehicle credit, residential energy credits and mortgage interest credit.
    • More Income - Supports sale of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, dividends, qualified dividends, capital gains distributions, distributions from a retirement plan such as an IRA, 401(k) or pension, and distribution from a tax-advantaged savings account (such as Health Savings Account (HSA).
    • eFile State Taxes - Only $19.95!
  • Our Premium Edition tax preparation software is perfect for small business owners and gives you extra support and expert advice when you're preparing your income tax return online.

    eSmart Tax Deluxe Edition includes

    • FREE Tax Support - Tax support from Liberty Tax professionals
    • FREE chat - Technical support via chat
    • CPA Audit Assistance - Free audit support from a Liberty Tax CPA
    • Import prior year data - Import last year's tax return for FREE
    • Self-employment - Handles self-employment tax (Schedule SE).
    • Profits and Losses - Supports income or loss from rental real estate, royalty income, profit or loss from a sole proprietor business (Schedule C and Schedule C-EZ), profit or loss from farming (Schedule F) and farm income averaging (Schedule J) are supported.
    • Depreciation and Amortization - Handles depreciation of property (including vehicles) and amortization of costs for sole proprietorships, rental property and farms.
    • Sale of Business Property - Handles gains made from the sale or exchange of business property and gains made from the sale of oil, gas, geothermal or mineral properties.
    • First Time Homebuyer Credit - Calculates the First time home buyer credit for qualifying purchases in 2011.
    • Charity Deductions Calculator - Helps you accurately value non-cash donations like clothing and furniture. CharityDeductions can also track all cash donations and mileage to ensure you get every charitable deduction you're entitled to.
    • eFile State Taxes - $19.95!
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