How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Lane Your Own Question

Lane
Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 4373
Experience:  Juris Doctorate, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial & Tax advice since 1986
1929974
Type Your Tax Question Here...
Lane is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Im trying to decide cheapest way to file federal and state...Im

Resolved Question:

I'm trying to decide cheapest way to file federal and state...I'm a first time filer, and have an earned income of under $1500 for 2012...I've started with Turbotax online 1040ez, although federal is free to efile, they are wanting a lot to efile and direct deposit my state refund...do I have to continue with Turbotax, or can I cancel what I've done [my info] and use a cheaper software/program...if so, what is best online software to use that will not cost me a lot use the first time filer 1040ez software and efile with direct deposit my state and federal refunds?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

NPVAdvisor :

Hi I can help with this

NPVAdvisor :

What you've just described is how all of the software companies "get you."

NPVAdvisor :

There aren't any truly free Commercial packages HOWEVER ...

NPVAdvisor :

In North Carolina you can go to the NC Dept of revenue site and file for free there!

NPVAdvisor :

First, go here: http://www.dornc.com/

NPVAdvisor :

Then click on the link that says File Your Individual Income Tax Electronically: on the right side of the page, at the top

NPVAdvisor :

BUT FIRST you need to go here: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free to do your FEDERAL Taxes for free.

NPVAdvisor :

This is the only way I know of to get it done completely free. The software companies have to charge, or they'd go out of business, but the government sites are coming, of course, from non-profit (government) entities.

NPVAdvisor :

Hope this helps!

NPVAdvisor :

Lane

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.
Our chat has ended, but you can still continue to ask me questions here until you are satisfied with your answer. Come back to this page to view our conversation and any other new information.

What happens now?

If you haven’t already done so, please rate your answer above. Or, you can reply to me using the box below.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok...what is the 'cheaper' online software to use...and is the NC Dept of Revenue including direct deposit...
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Tax slayer basic - Fee federal, 17.90 for one state

http://efile.taxslayer.com/filing-taxes-online


And direct deposit is available for NC. They don't have it for some states.

So far, that's the cheapest I've found.

I'll keep looking, If you give me a few minutes and check back.

Lane
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

TaxACT Online Free Edition + State

 

Free Federal

 

State 14.95

 

https://www.taxact.com/online/free-tax-filing/efile-taxes.asp

 


 

 

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok...thanks...about where I started with Turbotax, am I able to stop what I've started with them...I haven't completed all steps to pay Turbotax and finalize...
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Yes, just dont pay. It will simply go away after a while ... if you go back there it will always ask you start back up.

But if you haven't paid .... you didn't let them "get you," and you're done.

Here's an excellent comparison I found.

http://www.nextadvisor.com/online_tax_preparation_services/compare.php


Lane
Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 4373
Experience: Juris Doctorate, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial & Tax advice since 1986
Lane and 6 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

You have the extent of my wisdom :)

Good luck with everything.

Lane



Positive Feedback of an “OK” or better (or an “Accept”) would be appreciated. That’s the ONLY way we experts are paid!

However, if you need CLARIFICATION, please COME BACK here, AND feel free to bookmark, for future reference.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry..I've already 'ACCEPTED' your answer and paid from my account...I lost my 'unlimited subscription' for 'ACCEPTING' multiple times tied to one question...Just Answers doesn't like that apparently, even if it does advertise unlimited questions and answers...I hope you understand, and THANK-YOU for your help...
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

No No, it was excepted.

Our posts "crossed in the mail."

Thanks much.


To ask for me again, say “For NPVAdvisor” at the beginning of your question

OR

Go here: NPVAdivsor … and enter your question in the box.

Thanks again,

Lane

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
< Last | Next >
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
  • I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight. Bonnie Chesnee, SC
  • Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation. John Minneapolis, MN
  • Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with. Orville Hesperia, California
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    570
    10 years experience
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KU/KUMI95/2013-9-30_195031_kumar.64x64.jpg Wallstreet Esq.'s Avatar

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    570
    10 years experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CU/Cuttinggirl/2011-10-29_03719_wcrop2.64x64.jpg Wendy Reed's Avatar

    Wendy Reed

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    3052
    15+ years tax preparation and tax advice.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CATax/2009-08-04_204548_Mark.jpg Mark D's Avatar

    Mark D

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    985
    MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/IN/insearchoftheanswer/2013-8-16_0233_attorney.64x64.jpg Richard's Avatar

    Richard

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    3229
    29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/MyVirtualCPA/2012-7-5_44024_cookmegan1.64x64.jpg Megan C's Avatar

    Megan C

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6121
    Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JG/jgordosea/2012-6-7_43138_GordosVeritas.64x64.jpg jgordosea's Avatar

    jgordosea

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    2783
    I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/OZ/ozaukeecpa/2012-6-7_193219_Picture1croppedandshrunk.64x64.jpg MequonCPA's Avatar

    MequonCPA

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    2231
    CPA, Over 30 yrs experience w/individuals and small businesses. Masters in Tax.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Tax Professional
Lane
Lane
Tax Professional
4373 Satisfied Customers
Juris Doctorate, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial & Tax advice since 1986