indexflyfisher wrote:I'm just bumping this up, because it's getting close to that season and free forms seems about as "Boglehead" as you can get (if the time isn't too much)!
I completely agree with you, but Bogleheads seem to disagree! Now that the IRS decided to stop sending out tax return packages
, I thought it might be worth trying the free fillable forms this year -- to e-file, not just to print and mail. So I sought others' experiences. Not too many people responded that they used the free fillable forms.
Becoming even more curious, I started a poll
to find out what method most people use to file their taxes. Only 2% of 167 forum responders used the free fillable forms. (Most people e-file with commercial software.)
I'm strongly leaning towards using the free fillable forms this year to e-file. More than the cost of using commercial software, I'm concerned about the collection and storage of my tax return by the tax software provider, apparently required by the IRS, if I were to e-file with them. Yes, the free fillable forms are provided by a private company under contract with the IRS, but the hope is that storage of the data would be more tightly controlled under that arrangement.
Question for you indexflyfisher: Have you ever e-filed with the free fillable forms, or did you just print and mail them? If you just print and mail them, what advantage is there in using the free fillable forms service over just downloading the free PDF forms
from the IRS directly to your PC and printing them?