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FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.

Post by b0B » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:21 am

FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available. It looks like it has just appeared (didn't see it a few days ago). So you can start filling in. or playing with your tax numbers to get estimates or do year-end tax planning.

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Post by donaldfair71 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:19 am

Thank you for the heads-up! I used it last year, am a big fan, and was recently looking for an estimator calc. This is even better!

Thanks again for keeping the board in the loop.

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Post by Blues » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:25 am

Thanks. Been waiting for this year's version to become available.
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Post by chisey » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:35 am

Do you all use FreeTaxUsa to actually file your return, or just do do tax planning and preparation? I hadn't heard of it but the reviews look good.

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Post by donaldfair71 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:52 am

chisey wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:35 am
Do you all use FreeTaxUsa to actually file your return, or just do do tax planning and preparation? I hadn't heard of it but the reviews look good.
I have used it since 2015 as my "backup checker" to TaxAct, always filing with TaxAct, until 2017. Last year, as TaxAct bumped way up in price, I just filed with FreeTax and used TaxAct as the checker. Worked fine for my fairly-simple return.

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Post by tibbitts » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:54 am

I tried it last year but had bought HRBlock for the $15 deal so I filed with that. I was happy with FreeTax; HRBlock was a bit more of a struggle due to its treatment of 457 and 403b limits, but was okay too.

My taxes came out the same with both, except for a very significant $1 due to a different rounding procedure on, of course, the dreaded and evil 8606. I believe both were correct (the instructions for rounding precision are... flexible), just different. I hope FreeTax will let me override that value if it imports my FreeTax return from last year, since that value has to be consistent with the return filed last year.

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Post by Wabbit » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:11 am

b0B, thanks for checking! I had checked last week and even emailed their support about when 2018 will be ready, but got a generic "sometime before the end of Dec" answer. When TaxAct bumped up their price I switched and it worked well for me (my taxes are relatively straightforward though).

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Post by Blues » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:33 am

chisey wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:35 am
Do you all use FreeTaxUsa to actually file your return, or just do do tax planning and preparation? I hadn't heard of it but the reviews look good.
I was with TaxAct for over ten years. Finally got sick of the pricing shenanigans, switched to FreeTaxUSA for prep and filing federal and state returns, and am completely satisfied.
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Post by indexfundfan » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:00 am

Does FreeTaxUSA support 1099 imports from Vanguard, Schwab and Merrill Edge?
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Post by OAG » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:17 am

Been using FTUSA for several years now. File using their FREE electronic system. Only for Federal as OH has a on-line free system for State Taxes. Don't know how FTUSA makes any money - they haven't from me.
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Post by Blues » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:20 am

I don't mind paying them what I consider a fair price for the state return and "deluxe" features.

The fact that they don't jack us around with various pricing schemes makes me want to reward them with my wallet.

Others may feel differently.
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Post by BeTheMatch » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:21 am

Blues wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:33 am
chisey wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:35 am
Do you all use FreeTaxUsa to actually file your return, or just do do tax planning and preparation? I hadn't heard of it but the reviews look good.
I was with TaxAct for over ten years. Finally got sick of the pricing shenanigans, switched to FreeTaxUSA for prep and filing federal and state returns, and am completely satisfied.
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Post by donaldfair71 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:23 am

Blues wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:20 am
I don't mind paying them what I consider a fair price for the state return and "deluxe" features.

The fact that they don't jack us around with various pricing schemes makes me want to reward them with my wallet.

Others may feel differently.
Couldn't agree more with your entire post.

I generally go with the Deluxe as well, but it's more of a pre-emptive thank you for providing a quality product for an inexpensive price. Though, I also like the protections they claim to provide.

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Post by Blues » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:52 am

donaldfair71 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:23 am
Blues wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:20 am
I don't mind paying them what I consider a fair price for the state return and "deluxe" features.

The fact that they don't jack us around with various pricing schemes makes me want to reward them with my wallet.

Others may feel differently.
Couldn't agree more with your entire post.

I generally go with the Deluxe as well, but it's more of a pre-emptive thank you for providing a quality product for an inexpensive price. Though, I also like the protections they claim to provide.
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Post by Edie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:31 pm

Thanks for the post, it reminded me to go check taxhawk.com's website and they also have opened the 2018 returns, so starting mine later today. Will send reminder emails to the two college kids to start theirs too.

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Post by jasc15 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:46 pm

OAG wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:17 am
Don't know how FTUSA makes any money - they haven't from me.
Can anyone offer something here? I'm skeptical of free services, and even more so given the volume of personal and financial data involved with a tax return. In fact, I can't think of anything more invasive regarding personal information than a tax return.

I've used taxact the past 2 years and have opted for the downloaded rather than web version. Perhaps a false sense of security given that their servers are used to file anyway, so having the software running on my pc is probably not any more secure.

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Post by John151 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:49 pm

indexfundfan wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:00 am
Does FreeTaxUSA support 1099 imports from Vanguard, Schwab and Merrill Edge?
It didn’t last year, but if you have electronic copies of your investment information, it’s easy to copy and paste. And FreeTaxUSA easily handled my capital loss carryover, my Form 8606, and my foreign tax credit. I was happy with their service, and I plan to use FreeTaxUSA going forward.
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Post by b0B » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:33 pm

Just put in my approximate Federal info, and everything is as expected.

It looks like State comes out in January (which is normal).

But it's good to be able to check the Federal stuff now, to verify I understood things correctly.

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Post by nalor511 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:43 pm

I find their ability to edit prior year tax info (like 1116, 8801, etc) that's necessary to do this year's taxes, seems to be completely absent. I.e. there's nowhere in the UI that I can find to enter data from those forms from last tax year. They give me the option to import last year's tax forms completely, once, at the beginning, but since I didn't take that option I think it's gone. I can of course start over with a new account and try the import function, but it would be nice to just be able to input the numbers (like the downloadable software lets you). FYI.

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Post by vtMaps » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:01 pm

Do any of these free tax programs incorporate the new 20% pass through deduction for self employed persons who file schedule C? If so, where (which form or schedule) is the deduction taken?

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Post by FiveK » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:01 pm

vtMaps wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:01 pm
Do any of these free tax programs incorporate the new 20% pass through deduction for self employed persons who file schedule C? If so, where (which form or schedule) is the deduction taken?
The deduction goes on line 9 of the new form 1040 - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/f1040--dft.pdf. I'd expect any tax program that claims to produce a filable return would incorporate it. See the line 9 instructions (page 34) in https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/i1040gi--dft.pdf.

For the various web-based and spreadsheet estimation programs, the personal finance toolbox spreadsheet is (I believe) the only currently supporting it.

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Post by bling » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:35 pm

i used taxact for several years until last year, when they massively increased the price. i switched to tawhawk (parent company of freetaxusa), and it was excellent. it wasn't just some subpar free alternative, it was polished, fast, intuitive, and frankly, better than taxact.

how do they make money? they charge a reasonable fee for filing state taxes.

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Post by Rainmaker41 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:14 pm

Thanks. I checked our 2018 spreadsheet against FreeTaxUSA and they agreed.
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Post by stlutz » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:17 pm

Does their system allow you to views the actual tax forms while you're filling in your information? The TaxHawk website says, "You can print your return for free once you've completed the filing process." I wasn't sure if I should read that literally to mean that I can't see my forms until after I've e-filed.

That would be quite unhelpful as I know what numbers should appear where--comparing the actual tax forms vs. my W-2/1099s etc. is how I ensured that I entered everything and answered all of the questions correctly. This kind of comparison was how I found issues with H&R Block last year in having problems with the reporting of individual munis and taxable bonds in the same account.

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Post by b0B » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:28 pm

stlutz wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:17 pm
Does their system allow you to views the actual tax forms while you're filling in your information? The TaxHawk website says, "You can print your return for free once you've completed the filing process." I wasn't sure if I should read that literally to mean that I can't see my forms until after I've e-filed.

That would be quite unhelpful as I know what numbers should appear where--comparing the actual tax forms vs. my W-2/1099s etc. is how I ensured that I entered everything and answered all of the questions correctly. This kind of comparison was how I found issues with H&R Block last year in having problems with the reporting of individual munis and taxable bonds in the same account.
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Post by Derby » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:57 pm

stlutz wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:17 pm
Does their system allow you to views the actual tax forms while you're filling in your information? The TaxHawk website says, "You can print your return for free once you've completed the filing process." I wasn't sure if I should read that literally to mean that I can't see my forms until after I've e-filed.
You can see them before e-filing in PDF form, but IIRC, it took awhile for that to be available. I assumed they were waiting for final IRS forms before opening up that option.
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Post by stlutz » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:52 pm

Thanks for the replies. I might consider this option for 2018.

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Post by feh » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:35 pm

Does anybody with a K-1 use FreeTaxUSA? My LLC membership is the one aspect of our return that is uncommon.

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Post by theplayer11 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:23 pm

feh wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Does anybody with a K-1 use FreeTaxUSA? My LLC membership is the one aspect of our return that is uncommon.
I entered k-1 info from s-corp last rear..no problems

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