75-149 for a 1040EZ; 100-187 if you are in a simple situation, but not quite as simple as what would warrant a 1040EZ. Way too much to pay too much tax!
Do your taxes online. If your return is complicated, look up an enrolled agent on the National Association of Enrolled Agents website. Click on "find an enrolled agent". Type in your city, town, State or zip. Enrolled agents are professional and have power of attorney with the IRS.
Block has to vacate their boiler room. Firstly, the firm is not to print the SS# of the client on any of the Tax software they send out.
Secondly, they are not to advertise "refund anticipation loans". Not only were they never necessary, they are not ethical, the interest rate annualized - especially when you add the fees and figure them in - is outrageous. Senator Schumer testified that it is as high as 1700% APR. In addition, it is unwise to do what boiler room unscrupulous preparers do. Their motivation violates IRS ethics, block should not want to be associated with such unconscionable shenanagans. In the case of refund anticipation loans, the motivation is NOT to help the client. The client is seldom informed that he/she may be turned down for the loan due to a government agency seizure or the IRS wanting to examine the return. That means you pay the ERO and bank fees in vain.
Here's a couple that may be decent: Free1040now, Tax-act and may be FreeTaxUSA. I used Tax-act for the first time. It is slow; you have to start all over
again if you want to change a business or capital gain/loss entry for example. But it is free so long as you only do the Federal and ignore all the pop-ups for upgrades. They are the last 2 of the references I listed. Unless you are in a complicated tax situation, you do not need expensive software. I found this out the hard way: drake
Wow! One thing to watch out for: refund anticipation loans
have to pay the outrageous fees. So if you did have H&R Block do an advance in December you'll have to have them finish the other part of the return for 2007. If you didn't then you won't have to return there." Senator Schumer testified that RALS interest is as high as 1700% APR.
Another testimonial. Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. Certainly applies to H&ripoff:
Beware of the H&R Block Emerald card..Tell your friends.
I got my 2007 taxes on the H&R Block pre paid emerald card. I was buying my wife a car and had the guy run the card. The card machine didn't say or print anything. We didn't know what to do, the guy said "for some reason this card isn't working." We paid with a different card. When I got home and checked my account, the money had been deducted from the card and put on hold for an 8 week length to be paid to the dealership. We essentially have paid for the car twice! The dealership has done every thing they can to get the money released. My wife has went into the h&r block office and made dozens of calls to the 1 800 number. Most calls you get hung up on. All I want is
for them to release my money back to me so that I can pay off the other card. I am being charged interest on the amount. I am thinking about taking them to small claims court and exposing them to the media! Warn everyone you know. this card is a hoax!
More on the sick joke of going to H& ripoff: "In addition, I'd try to use something like Turbo Tax. All HR Block are doing is running software and asking you the questions. When my wife and I first bought our house we were a little apprehensive about doing the taxes, so we went to HR Block. What a mistake. The guy at HR Block was asking us the questions that popped up on his computer. During this process we had a question about an item. The guy at HR Block said he didn't know and he was only putting in what we told him to put in. This cost us $150! I ended up not letting them submit the taxes electronically because I had to look up my question. What a rip off! Turbo Tax costs about $50 and does the same thing".
When my ex and I went to H&R dilldocks, we found we "owed" a large tax bill when we did not. They calculated penalty and interest for us! That's up to the taxpayer
and the IRS. We had claimed four exemptions. Then the H& dumbbell rep said "drop 'em". That's what she said. All the things you can legally do to save on your taxes; all the deductions and credits; all the ways you can save on your income taxes and you can find more ways every year. That's what she said: "drop 'em" <. >. No questions; no time consuming, exhaustive, digging earnestly and more and more diligently for deductions; no asking about receipts and diaries of expenses; no list to prepare to save on taxes in future
years - worse than worthless! In a sub-sequent year, the moron told us that we were employers and had to withhold social security from our babysitter.The limit for reporting income then was $125 or $150 per quarter. We didn't have to file Schedule H. So we didn't have to withhold Federal taxes. I want H&R lying thieves to pay me back for the double charges plus interest and penalty! We only paid around $50 to the babysitter for the entire year, if that much. Yet H&R dumb dumb told us that we were employers and had to withhold tax from this poor lady. We were NOT employers. We did not have to fill out a W-2 nor did we have to fill out a 1099, for that matter. They did not tell us to get a second opinion. Those idiots did not know the tax law that they professes to know. Further, the brain dead and thief told us that their company
We did not need to file a Schedule H. Whether we babysat or not was none of their business. They had no business even asking that question. They are agents for the Feds. They added interest and penalty on that we were not liable for. They certainly are not interested in you the client paying the least possible legal tax! The fact that they are still in business show how illiterate taxpayers are about their taxes. That's what started my business. I got tired of overpaying frightfully on my taxes. I went into
competition with H&dishonest and exposed them. If they had been right, they should have mentioned FUTA. They did not mention FUTA. Ha. H&R lying, abominable criminal thieves are the most lying, brain dead idiots on earth. They
have no business calling themselves "income tax preparers".
Another testimonial. You see how this all ties together. H&R ripoff is not looking out for you, the taxpayer: "Dont! They work with the government to screw you! Yes I've had them done there. I also have a accountant friend who worked there one day and quit when she saw how they were doing people. She was trying to help save people money and her boss pulled her aside and said we don't do that here!"