There are less than two week left to file taxes before the April 17th deadline. If you haven't done them already, get started this weekend!
I began using the online version of TurboTax several years ago. I continue to use it because it is easy and saves me time by storing my previous tax returns and importing basic personal information to the new return each year. H&R Block offers a very similar program.
USAA and Fidelity offer promotional prices on TurboTax for their customers. These discounts also work for non-customers, as long as you always access the site through the appropriate link. Click here to access the discounts:
20% off both the Federal and State returns
35% off just the Federal return
TurboTax is perfect for first-time DIY tax filers. The program asks a series of simple questions (are you married? do you have any children?), prompts you to enter your W-2's and other investment data and fills in the complicated tax forms on the back end for you. Following completion of the forms, TurboTax will e-File the forms online with the government and have your refund directly deposited into your bank account within two weeks. If you file a paper tax return in the mail, you can expect to wait months for your money.
New for this year, TurboTax also offer an entirely free Federal edition. (you still have to pay for filing the state return)This might be all you need if you don't have many investments and sources of income. Check it out here and see if it works for you.