H& R Block e-file thru IRS

choufleurJanuary 22, 2005

Noticed this year H&R Block is offering free e-file to everyone through IRS. Just wondering what is their "hook" for offering this service to everyone for free. Have been using Taxslayer.com since 2001 for $9.95, so I see no reason to switch (other than free service) since tax data is stored in their database.

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southboundtrain

I believe the IRS is offering free e-filing to everyone this year. There are several limiting requirements, however. Copied below from IRS website:

Free File Home - Your Link to Free Online Filing

Whoever said there is no such thing as a free lunch may have been right. But for millions of eligible taxpayers this year, there is Free File. Free File is online tax preparation and electronic filing through a partnership agreement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC. In other words, you can e-file... free.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2005 at 11:44PM
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joyfulguy

In our area, there were two fees charged by most tax preparers until quite recently: one to prepare the return and an additional one to send it by E-file, which would provide a refund earlier.

Actually, for many, there were three - an additional fee if you used their offer of instant (i.e. next day) refund.

HTH.

joyful guy

    Bookmark   January 25, 2005 at 3:09PM
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Garden_Momma

There are several free e-file through the IRS that you may choose from. With HR Blocks' which I used through the Free file Alliancs for three yrs does offer to do state for a fee or if you wanted to get your money back quicker. We had it direct deposited and got our refund within 8-15 days and when and if you file with them the following year they can export the lasts years info for you. I like it very well and is much cheaper than going to an office near you...

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 9:12PM
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ericasj

As for the "hook", I suspect they think many people will go for their $19.95 state tax filing offer when they are done. I know I was thinking of it. But here in NJ, the state has their own online filing system you can do for free--so there's no reason to do give H&R Block the business.

This is my first year doing it online, and it wasn't bad. It's very nice not having to go out and make photocopies of my return, and buy stamps.

My only complaints were that each window loaded V E R Y slowly, and sometimes didn't load correctly. I kept getting pages where there was a link to click, but it wouldn't work because of an "error in page." I'd have to start over, load the page again, slowly, then hope the link worked next time. And it is not set up to work with Netscape or Mozilla. Not enough of a problem to stop me doing it again next year, however.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 10:05AM
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