When Can I Start My Efile?

It’s a new year and the start of tax season. If you’re expecting a tax refund this year, you may be eager to get started with your taxes.

Some efile tax software including TurboTax and H&R Block, allow you to begin your online tax efile by January 1, 2014. Please see our 2013-2014 tax calendar for dates regarding your specific tax situation.

Before starting your efile, you need to be sure you have all your tax forms from your employer — that is all W2 forms or 1099 forms from all employers you’ve had in the past year. Employers are required to send you your tax forms by the end of January.  If you do not receive your tax forms from your employer by the beginning of February you should contact your employer.

If you’re missing a W2 or 1099 form, TurboTax and H&R Block both will allow you to file a form Form 4852 with estimated earnings as a replacement for a missing W2 or 1099 form.

For more information on 2013-2014 tax deadlines and important dates please also have a look at our 2013-2014 Tax Calendar.

Best Free eFile Tax Programs

Now that you’re ready to begin your taxes, the next step is to choose an eFile program. Many are free for Federal returns, and charge a fee for state filing. We recommend the following tax software:

Both TurboTax and H&R Block at Home offer great solutions no matter the complexity of your tax returns. For basic filers with limited deductions, the free versions of these programs will be acceptable. But if you run a small business, have a lot of investments, or a lot of deductions, you will want to upgrade to a more comprehensive package.