It was none other than Albert Einstein who said the hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax. Lucky for you, Turbo Tax and H&R Block are here to help. Both services even offer a free version of their software! Look over both the Turbo Tax and H&R Block services to determine which one best meets your needs.  If you have a complicated tax return (i.e. you're self-employed, own multiple properties, or have a large number of deductions) you may be prompted to upgrade from the free version to the deluxe (paid) version.  Here’s what you need to know about both Turbo Tax and H&R Block, in a nutshell:

Turbo Tax: 

This tax season, rest assured that the experts at Turbo Tax have hit the books (over and over and over) on your behalf. Put your trust in Turbo Tax—they'll  guarantee your taxes are done right and that you get your maximum tax refund as fast as possible. Wait, it gets even better: you can prepare, e-file and print your simple federal tax return on Turbo Tax for FREE! 

  • Go Here to get started today.
  • Click on the "free edition" option located on the  left hand side of your screen.
  • The site will prompt you to create an account. No credit card is required!
  • After you create your account, start entering your tax information.
  • Lost? Need help? Simply look to the right hand side of your screen for free online support. .
  • When you are finished, TurboTax checks your calculations, guarantees your refund, and e-files your taxes for free. TurboTax also saves your information for the following tax season.
  • Turbo Tax can also file your state taxes if you choose for $27.95

H&R Block:

H&R Block is one of the most recognizable leaders in the tax industry. Like Turbo Tax, they also offer FREE federal edition software! With H&R Block’s At Home Free software, you can file your simple federal tax return for free! H&R Block provides an accurate calculation guarantee and a maximum guarantee. While it’s unlikely that you’ll be audited, if you are–free audit support and audit representation is part of H&R Block’s worry-free audit support guarantee.

  • Go Here to get started today.
  • Fill in your information to start up your account.
  • It will automatically start you on the Free edition.  No credit card required!
  • Start entering your tax information. Need help? Look to the right hand side of your screen for free online support.
  • H&R Block can also file your state taxes if you choose for $27.95.