With the July 15th tax deadline right around the corner, a lot of our clients have been seeking an extension.
As an easy request to make, we’ve decided to list out how you can file an extension yourself for free using the services below. Although you should be able to navigate these on your own, don’t be afraid to reach out if the process gets confusing. However, as we ranked these services based on ease of use, it shouldn’t be a problem at all getting it done. Here’s what you need to know:
Know What Services Are Genuinely ‘Free’
Online tax services deceptively advertise themselves as free.
Often, they’ll say what they’re selling is ‘free’, only for you to go through loops and bounds of different tax requirements that require upgraded versions of their software, hoping that you’ll be okay with deducting a portion of your refund to go into their pockets.
While the IRS worked out a deal with companies like TurboTax and other online services to offer free tax software for filing and extensions, they can be incredibly hard to find. However, that’s why we’ve gone ahead and listed out the best links for free extensions:
Free Services For Tax Extensions
Below you’ll find a list of our favorite free tax extension services:
- Free Tax USA: Easily the most straightforward service. After going through the process, they also submitted our extension to the state agency as well, saving quite a bit of time.
- TaxSlayer: Everything with TaxSlayer appeared to be pretty forthright and easy to use, which is why they come in a close second.
- Efile.com: Although a little more clunky, they’re also a relatively easy service to use for free.
- Intuit/TurboTax: While you need to be careful of where you’re linked out to after you sign-in, Intuit/TurboTax can be a solid option for a free extension. Just be mindful of the different names of services they might try to loop you into signing up for.