Prepare, File One or Multiple State Tax Return(s) Only
The IRS and the States have ruled (not eFile.com) that a taxpayer can NOT just efile a State return ONLY since much of the tax data on a Federal and State return is to a great degree identical and state tax agencies depend on IRS data verification during the e-file process. Thus a state tax return can only be e-filed together with an IRS or Federal Income tax return (anywhere - not just eFile.com).
However, you can PREPARE a State return ONLY via the eFile.com tax app even if you already have e-filed or filed a Federal Tax Return and it has been accepted by the IRS. Please consider to do both on eFile.com next time - it will save you time and money.
The eFile.com tax preparation app - start now - lets you prepare and download your state tax return(s). When done print all state income tax returns for one low price - not one price per state. Compare that to Turbotax® and H&R Block® who charge up to $39.95 per state! eFile.com charges only $23.95 for ALL your state income tax returns. Please enter this promo code during checkout FedFree19 - to receive this low multiple state price on eFile.com.
If you prepared and e-filed your federal tax return on either Turbotax® or H&R Block®, you can still prepare and print to file all your state income tax return(s) on eFile.com for one low price. However to save you time and money, we invite all Turbotax® and H&R Block® users to use eFile.com for BOTH their Federal return and state return. Not only will you save, you can e-file BOTH your federal and state returns, and you also have the benefit of superior Taxpert support.
Since much of the tax information (income, personal information, deductions etc.) on a state income tax return is similar to a federal income tax return, eFile.com will guide you through the screens that are the same for federal and state. Thus, you will complete what looks like a federal tax return, however you will not efile the federal return at checkout, but print to mail and file your state return.
State Only Return, No Federal Return
Due to a recent policy change by tax authorities (not eFile.com and other online tax websites), you can only efile a state tax return with your federal tax return. If you have already e-filed or filed your federal return, you can still prepare your state return on eFile.com. You enter all your tax data but on checkout you don't click to efile a Federal Tax Return.
Simply follow the steps and screen instructions below:
- If you do not have an eFile.com account, create a free account
- If you do have an eFile.com account, sign in and begin preparing your state return. You will start by entering general information.
You will need to prepare a federal return, but you will NOT have to efile it, and you will NOT have to pay for it. This seems confusing, but you will need to prepare a federal return on eFile.com even if you have already filed or efiled a federal return elsewhere because the state return is largely based on the federal return.
Do not click the - No thanks, I don't want to e-file my federal return - link. This seems contradictory (because you are not filing the federal return), but you will need to keep the "Yes, I want to e-file my federal return" selection and click the green "Continue" button in order to move on to the next step (as shown below).
Before you reach the next step, you will go to a screen describing the additional audit protection service. Since we already offer free audit protection, click the "No thanks" button so you would not be charge for the service.
- On the "Lowest Price Guarantee" screen, you will still see a fee for preparing the federal return. Please contact eFile.com support and one of our Taxperts will give you a special discount code so you are not charged for the federal return.
- To enter the code, click on the blue "Have a promo code?" link, enter it in the box that appears, and click "Apply Code." You can only enter one promo code, so please do not enter any other discount codes. Once you enter the promo code, select the "Credit/Debit Card" option to pay with your credit or debit card and click the green "Continue Payment" button to submit your payment information.
- Click "My Account" on the top of your eFile.com account screen and you will see a link to a PDF copy of the tax return you prepared on our site. Click that link to download and print your state return. Make sure that you sign the return before you mail it. If there is no link to your PDF return (or if the PDF has a "Not Valid for Filing" watermark), you will need to pay for the preparation of your state return in order to generate the PDF and/or remove the watermark (see Step 4). However, if you still do not see the PDF link and/or see the watermark after paying for the preparation of your return, click "File" on the left menu and click the green "Continue" button until you get to the screen that has the “Yes, I'd like to create a preview of my return” link. Once you click that link, the PDF will be generated and/or updated without the "Not Valid for Filing" watermark. You'll see a link to the return on the “My Account” screen.
- If you need more help preparing, printing, and mailing only your state return, please contact eFile.com support.
When To File Other State Returns?
You generally have to file a tax return for your resident state. However, you may need to file more than one state return if any of the following are true:
- You resided in more than one state.
- You moved from one state to another state.
- You worked and earned income in another state.
- You had gambling winnings in another state.
- You had rental income from another state.
- You had partnership or S-Corp income from a business based in another state.
- You had income from an estate or trust with interest in a another state.
- Your employer improperly withheld taxes for the wrong state.
If you lived or earned income in more than one state, you might need to file returns for multiple states. Depending on your situation, you may need to file part-year resident returns or nonresident returns. eFile.com will determine the correct type of state tax return(s) for you to prepare. Find out more about resident, part-year resident, and nonresident state tax returns.