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How to Prepare and File One or Multiple State Tax Return(s) Only

On efile.com, you can prepare and efile all US 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! Compare that to only $24.95 on efile.com for all your state income tax returns. Please enter this promo code during checkout on efile.com - 18FedFree - 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 all your state income tax return(s) on efile.com. We would like to invite all Turbotax® and H&R Block® users to use efile.com for both their Federal return and state returns in 2019. Not only will you save, but also have the benefit of superior Taxpert support: Contact us now for a very special 2019 tax season invitation promo code.

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, for pro-forma purposes you will complete what looks like a federal tax return, however you will not efile the federal return at checkout.

File State Returns With or Without A Federal Income Tax Return

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If you do not have an efile.com account, create a free account.

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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.

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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. Simply follow the screen instructions and enter income, deduction. and other tax data.

Once you have completed your state return process on efile.com, click "File" on the gray left menu and click the green "File Now" button until you reach the "E-filing Your Return" screen. On that screen, 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.

E-filing your return screen in efile.com software.

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On the "Lowest Price Guarantee" screen, you will still see a fee for preparing the federal return (if you prepared a 1040-EZ, the federal return will be free and you will not see a fee for 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 "Redeem." 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 continue to credit/debit card payment screen.

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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.

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If you need more help preparing, printing, and mailing only your state return, please contact efile.com support.

Why Do I Have to Prepare a Federal Return?

In order to prepare state returns, you must also prepare a federal return because almost all of the information for a state return is taken from the federal return.

However, you will NOT have to file your federal return, and you will NOT have to pay for it.

We know it may be a hassle to enter federal return information all over again if you have already done so somewhere else, and for that we deeply regret the inconvenience. Because of this, we recommend preparing and efiling your federal return at the same time as your state return(s) on efile.com.

Remember that only efile.com offers unlimited state returns for one low price (Free with the Free Federal Edition (1040-EZ) and $24.95 with the Deluxe Edition and Premium Edition).

Do I Need to File Returns for Other States?

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.

Only on efile.com, you can file multiple state returns for one low price!

What If I Need More Help Preparing and e-filing My State or Federal Returns?

If you have questions about preparing and filing your state and/or federal returns, please do not hesitate to contact efile.com support.

Check the status of your completed and accepted state income tax return.