How Much Are Free Tax Returns?

Tax return or extension?

Yes, you will get a free tax return on eFile.com. We make free easy, as it doesn't matter where you started on eFile.com, you will automatically get the free Federal Edition if qualify for that service based on the answers you provide during the tax interview. Furthermore, only eFile.com will also downgrade you at any time if you qualify for the free Federal Edition. In comparison, on hrblock.com® or turbotax.com®, you will not be downgraded to a free return if you start with one of their paid services. 

What is free on eFile.com?

The Federal Edition is Free including e-filing is free on eFile.com. A detailed comparison of the eFile.com tax services.

The difference between eFile.com and sites like TurboTax® or H&R Block® is that eFile.com will also DOWNGRADE you should you start with a paid version e.g. Deluxe or Premium. TurboTax® or H&R Block® will NOT DOWNGRADE 1) you but only pressure you to upgrade if you started with their free version. Dare to Compare eFile.com with other services.

Ask yourself, can sites like eFile.com, H&R Block®, or TurboTax® pay their employees with exclusively free tax returns? Of course not, employees don't work for free. Super Bowl Ads by H&R Block®, or TurboTax® are not free.

How Does Free Work

Except for eFile.com, if you sign up with the free option at H&R Block®, or TurboTax®, you will soon find out that you are bombarded with "suggestions" to upgrade every step of the way, often accompanied by promises of better service or a bigger refund... if only you upgrade to one of the paid service options.

You may be told:

  • "Upgrade now and you will get more help."
  • "Upgrade now and you will get your maximum refund."
  • "There is a better version for your tax return, upgrade now!"
  • "Upgrade now and find out how much your refund really could be!"
  • "Get instant, faster help if you upgrade now."
  • "Buy the Deduction Finder and we will maximize your deductions."
  • The list of empty promises is endless...

eFile.com will only upgrade you if you are legally required to add certain schedules or forms. At the same time, only eFile.com will downgrade you to the Free Federal Edition if you don't need the schedules or forms associated with Deluxe or Premium. TurboTax® or H&R Block® will not downgrade you.

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Feature1) As of January 7, 2019. Subject to change without notice. H&R Block® At Home is a registered trademark of HRB Innovations, Inc. TurboTax® is a registered trademark of Intuit, Inc.