Filing Your 2017 Taxes Online

It's time to file taxes -- and for many Americans, that means it's tax refund time. Filing taxes online is quick and easy, and it's also the best way to get your refund in a hurry. TurboTax, TaxAct and H&R Block are three of the best companies offering online tax return services. You can file simple tax returns online for free on the IRS website, but these companies are ideal for folks who own homes, invest in stocks, earn contractor income or have numerous other complicating factors. These online tax filing services let you work on your tax return and pause your progress -- if you get busy, you can come back and finish it later. Thanks to online tax companies, you can file taxes online today -- with all the required documents -- and get quick refunds. Read on to learn important myths and facts about filing your taxes online.

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MYTH: You can't start an online tax return without buying software first.

Years ago, you couldn't start using TurboTax, TaxAct or H&R Block without first buying the software. Now, just go to each company's website and start filing your taxes online. It's that easy! You don't pay for software until you're all finished.

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FACT: You must pay extra to file state taxes online.

If you live in state with an income tax, then you'll need to pay for an upgrade to file your state taxes electronically. However, the good thing about doing this through an online tax program is you won't need to insert all the same information twice.

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FACT: Online tax filing companies remove the need to track down various tax forms.

Filing your taxes the old-fashioned way requires lots of different forms. Use an established tax-filing company, though, and all the relevant forms are digitally included! It makes the process of filing your taxes so much simpler.

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MYTH: Online tax companies don't have mobile apps.

Want to work on your tax return from your tablet or smartphone? TurboTax and other tax companies provide mobile apps allowing you to do just that. This is a big help for people who are busy and often on the go.

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FACT: The IRS website isn't ideal for complex tax returns.

You can file your taxes through the IRS website, but only if you're filing a simple tax return. Otherwise, you're much better off either doing your taxes by hand or using one of the paid online tax companies.

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MYTH: Online tax companies offer assistance if you're audited.

Don't stress about getting audited! People who file through H&R Block, TurboTax and other companies can get audit assistance in case Uncle Sam comes knocking. This can provide great peace of mind for folks who are worried about their returns.

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MYTH: It's hard to file taxes online unless you get help from an accountant.

TurboTax, TaxAct, H&R Block and other tax preparation programs walk you through the process of filing your taxes. These programs make it easy to itemize deductions, report investments, claim credits and more. All you do is answer a series of simple questions, most of which are about the tax forms you received through the mail or from your employer.

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MYTH: It takes months to get tax refunds back when filing online.

Filing your tax return online is the fastest way to get your tax refund. In some cases, you can get your refund in days with an electronic deposit! Tax returns that aren't filed online require more time to process.