Your Complete Guide to Free Tax Tools

Tax Time

Even with a two-day extension (three if you’re counting the day gained due to 2012 being a leap year), Tax Day tends to stress out a lot of Americans. Luckily, there are several online tax tools and software programs that let you file your tax returns for free, which can help ease the mental and financial burden of tax time. Of course, each has its own eligibility criteria and none offers a free-file option to taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of more than $57,000. Other criteria may include age, state, eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and military status. Here’s a breakdown of the free filing tools you can use from the convenience of your home computer. Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan