Free tax software

TaxAct is again offering free downloads of their 2003 Standard Edition tax software for Windows. You can file your entire printed return for free or file electronically for less the $8.00.

The software is pretty good and the help is decent. Even if your return is mildly complicated, all the forms you would need seem to be in place. You can also do your complete return online, but I haven't tried that aspect of their services.

I tried this against my TurboTax and was able to produce the exact same printed return in about the same amount of time. I could have loaded my previous return from TurboTax (2002 or 2003) and saved some time, but I was trying to compare them straight up. Now I'm wishing I hadn't bothered with the TurboTax because this one was free. Live and learn.

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