DIY Tax Prep
Start with the IRS
The IRS is not the bad guy. They offer options to do your taxes yourself for free.
Income under $73k?
Use free software
If your adjusted gross income is under $73,000, you can use a software from providers like TurboTax, TaxAct, TaxSlayer, etc.
But watch out for fees. Some of these software options only include certain forms for federal taxes, and they are only required to provide federal filing for free. This means that they can charge you extra to file state and local taxes.
Income over $73k?
Get comfortable with the forms
If your AGI is over $73,000, you do not qualify to use the free software, but you can still complete your taxes for free using the IRS Free File Fillable Forms. This process requires you to complete the forms by hand, similar to a fillable PDF, but online.
Free File Fillable Forms is only for federal taxes.
After you have finished with federal filing, move on to filing with Ohio if it is not offered by the same provider you are using for federal taxes.
Ohio Municipal Filing
The city of Columbus has a resource that provides information on how to file with various municipalities around the state of Ohio.
Need assistance? I am happy to answer general questions at no cost.
Want me to take over for you? Send me what you have done so far, and I am happy to extend a $25 discount to first-time clients who tried to DIY first!