It’s finally spring. You know what that means—Spring Break, Cadbury Creme Eggs, daffodils, and sundresses. Oh yeah, allergy season and even worse, tax season! Eek! Your taxes are due in 25 days, 14 hours, 11 minutes, and 5 seconds (and counting). Don’t go throw your box of receipts out the window or expatriate in an impassioned fit of despair (even if you run away to go live in a Chickee hut in Fiji, Uncle Sam still makes you pay taxes—boo!).

TurboTax and H&R Block are widely used tax preparation services that can help you prepare and e-file your tax returns. They'll even guarantee all calculations and that your taxes are done right. Both programs will get your maximum tax refund as quickly as possible! Best of all, you can prepare and e-file your simple federal tax return through either service for FREE! If you need help using either of these tax preparation programs, both offer free online support. Worried about security? Don’t be! Both TurboTax and H&R Block use the same encryption techniques as banks to protect your sensitive information and keep your tax return safe. Both programs have quality reputations, so be sure to check out both and then select the one that best meets your needs.

Turbo Tax:

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  • Click on the blue "Start for Free" button located near the top of the page.
  • Click on the blue "Create Your Account" button to sign up for an account. No credit card is required! Or, you can click on the blue "Try It First" button if you want to check out the program before committing to creating an account. After you create your account, you can start entering your tax information.

The free edition of Turbo Tax is only for individuals filing a simple, federal tax return. If you have a complicated tax return (i.e. you're self-employed, own multiple properties or rental properties, have stocks, bonds, or other investments, or have a large number of deductions) you may be prompted to upgrade from the free version to the Deluxe version which costs $29.95 or the Premier version which costs $49.95. Turbo Tax can also file your state taxes if you choose—it costs $27.95 per state if you have a simple tax return or $36.95 per state if you have a more complicated tax return.

H&R Block.

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  • To sign up for a free account, enter your email, username, password, and security password in the designated boxes and then click on the orange "Start Now" button. No credit card is required! After you create your account, you can start entering your tax information.

The free edition of H&R Block is only for individuals filing a simple, federal tax return. If you have a more complicated federal tax return, you may be prompted to upgrade to the $29.95 Deluxe edition or the $49.95 Premium edition. The Deluxe edition is indicated for individuals who are homeowners or have investments such as stocks and bonds; the Premium edition is indicated for self-employed individuals and rental property owners. H&R Block can also file your state taxes if you choose—it costs $27.95 per state if you have a simple tax return or $34.95 per state if you have a more complicated tax return.

Only 25 More Days! How to Prepare Your Taxes for FREE!