I have just finished filing my federal and state income taxes. I used an online tax filing site, Free Tax USA. I like their interface. (I am not an affiliate of Free Tax USA! I just like their service.)
After creating a user name and password, I was guided through a step-by-step process, entering my contact information, income information, deduction information, etc. I chose to file electronically. The entire process took less than two hours. If you choose to file electronically, you will definitely need a copy of your prior year’s return. I live in Georgia, so I chose to file my state tax return as well. I ended up paying $19.90 to file my Federal and State returns.
I always print out 3 copies of my tax returns and I save PDF copies on my hard drive. I keep 2 copies at home and 1 copy at work.
I will receive a total refund of about $2000. I am surprised that my refund will be so high. I ended up with a few “unexpected” credits and deductions. While it is a bummer that I “loaned” the government this much money, I’ll be sure to put the refund to good use. Most of it will be deposited in my Roth IRA, but a small portion MAY go towards the purchase of a new printer for our home office.