The Best Tax Software Of 2021?

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | views Last Updated 2021-09-28T21:58:20Z

Everybody wants to get filing taxes over with quickly, with as little fuss as possible. That’s why online tax software comes in very handy at tax time.

Most people want tax software that’s either free or inexpensive. Plus, you want a trustworthy platform that won’t try and upsell you at inopportune moments.

Forbes Advisor has got you covered. We reviewed six of the top online tax software platforms to help you find the best software for your circumstances and checked out their free tax filing options, evaluated ease of use and customer service quality, and determined whether they were able to handle complicated returns.

Here are our top picks for the 2021 tax season.

Best Free Online Tax Software. For best free online tax software, we analysed which provider offered the most impressive overall package of features while also charging no fees for federal and state tax return filings, lacked income or filing status restrictions, and offered the broadest selection of tax filing forms.

Best Online Tax Software for Ease of Use. An easy-to-use platform is most important for many users. For this category, we reviewed each offering to determine which platform provided the simplest process for completing users’ tax filing forms. We reviewed each company’s Q&A tax interview options, looked for the ability to upload W2 forms and automate data entry, explored all navigation menus, and gauged the length of time required to complete the tax return.

Best Online Tax Software for the Self-Employed. Self-employed, freelance workers generally have more complicated income tax filings. Ensuring that online tax software caters to the special needs of freelancers and self-employed individuals is essential at tax time. We evaluated each platform’s offering in this category for pricing, support, state filing fees, deduction finder options, and total costs.

Best Online Tax Software for Customer Service. Our analysis included a thorough review of each platform’s support options. We determined if the online tax software provider offered phone, live chat, email, or help articles for users, and evaluated each option. Also, we contacted customer service departments by phone to evaluate its hold time and customer service quality.

Each category was weighted and scored feature by feature. The author, a certified public accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of taxation experience, completed all tax software testing by opening accounts with each provider to perform hands-on evaluations.

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