How Much Are Free Tax Returns?

Yes, you will get a free tax return. In the end,  it doesn't matter where you started: you will automatically qualify for the right service based on the answers you provide during the tax interview. On® or®, you will not be downgraded to a free return if you start with one of their paid services. 

What is free on

It means free service without being pressured to give up free and pay for what you don't need. The tax services are listed here in detail. Though there are free tax return preparation and filing solutions online, every site may have different meanings for free. Are there free lunches? No, of course not. Hard to believe when you are constantly bombarded with internet or TV ads about Absolutely free Tax Returns. 

What's the Price of Free?

We believe that free is nothing but an advertising technique. Most people who see the word free are not naive and they don't believe that they will get something for nothing. At the same time, an irrational part of the human brain would love to believe in free, so we go for it.

Some large companies have entire legal departments who spend time trying to use the word free so that free does not become a legal liability. In other words, that promised free doesn't become genuinely free.

Can sites like, H&R Block®, or TurboTax® pay their employees with free tax returns they offer their customers? Of course not, employees don't work for free. Dare to compare with other platforms.

How Free Works on Most Tax Preparation and Filing Sites

If you try the free option, 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...

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.