Do you expect to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2019? If so, ezTaxReturn is a great, FREE, tax software service to consider.
It’s got excellent navigation, and is easy to use. The downside to the software system? We don't recommend it for investors or real estate owners due to what the software supports this year.
Will ezTaxReturn work for you in 2019? Keep reading to find out. And see how it compares to the other top tax software options this year.
- Free for EITC and simple filers
- Excellent navigation and easy to use
- Isn't the best choice for investors or real estate owners
In 2019, ezTaxReturn showed massive improvement in the area of navigation. In fact, it’s question and answer style of interviewing rivaled TaxSlayer and FreeTaxUSA which are the most robust mid-tier tax filing software packages.
Users with limited experience filing their taxes (and advanced filers) will easily find their way around the software.
EZTaxReturn.com Ease Of Use
Before you even start the ezTaxReturn software, it’s useful to figure out if your situation is supported. Use this article to see if ezTaxReturn supports your income and deduction needs.
For this blog’s readership, you should note the following: ezTaxReturn only supports one rental property, and does not have a depreciation calculator included. It does not support stock options sales, short sales or wash sales of stock, no real estate property sales except personal homes. Self employed people cannot claim depreciation or depletion.
EzTaxReturn supports the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin.
So, if ezTaxReturn supports your situation, is it easy enough to use?
In general, the answer is yes. Even though the software doesn’t many import features (it does allow certain partners to import W2 information), it has tons of definitions, and user guides to help you through the software. It also has plenty of recaps that help you understand why certain calculations were being done.
EZTaxReturn.com Knowledge Articles
In 2019, ezTaxReturn has some of the best “built-in” knowledge articles of any software package. I was impressed by how well the software package explained many difficult concepts in concise bubbles.
Plus, it always has an option to guide users through some of the most difficult to understand concepts.
EZTaxReturn.com Plans And Pricing
ezTaxReturn has just two pricing tiers. You qualify for free pricing if you earn the Earned Income Tax Credit. Everyone else has to use the higher priced tier.
Just a note: I joined the ezTaxReturn email list and qualified for 15% off the list prices. It’s always worth looking online for discount codes to see if you can save a few bucks.
People earning the earned income tax credit in some states*
*ezTaxReturn supports the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin.
Who Should Use EZTaxReturn.com In 2019?
For 2019, ezTaxReturn is suitable for users who will qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (that is people who get the service free). It’s also a decent choice for people with side hustles or self-employed businesses that don’t require depreciation.
I do not recommend it for real estate investors, traders, and most higher income earners. Credit Karma is an excellent free choice, and H&R Block or TurboTax offer better experiences for people with complex filing services.
EZTaxReturn is a great free tax return option for EITC filers and other simple returns.