Quick Guide to Eligibility Requirements for Free File and Low Cost

The following Free and Low Cost E-File programs provide electronic filing options for eligible taxpayers through a partnership between North Carolina and a group of private sector tax software companies. This is a quick reference guide to assist you in selecting a company, based on your eligibility, to either E-file for Free or at a Low Cost. Companies are not required to support all of the forms and schedules to participate in our program. Therefore, prior to your final selection, we advise that you visit the website of the company of interest (by clicking on the Product Name) to ensure that the software will be sufficient to meet your tax preparation and filing requirements. Please note that the listed information is provided from tax software companies and is subject to change. The North Carolina Department of Revenue does not endorse any specific tax filing product. As new information or additional software products are made available to the Department, this page will be updated.

For your convenience, Step by Step Instructions are available regarding the selection of a Free or Low Cost E-File Option.

Eligibility Requirements for Free File
Product Name & link to website Age (as of December 31, 2013) Residency Status AGI (adjusted gross income) Active Duty Military (AGI)
1040Now No age restrictions US/NC resident $32,000 or less $32,000 or less (including Reservists & National Guard)
Average1040.com No age restrictions Full year resident only $3,500 $3,500 or less (including Reservists & National Guard)
H&R Block Free File 52 years or younger Full year, part year or nonresident $58,000 or less $58,000 or less
Online Taxes at OLT.com No age restrictions Full year, part year, or nonresident Between $13,000 and $58,000 Between $13,000 and $58,000 (including Reservist & National Guard)
TaxSlayer.com No age restrictions US/NC resident $30,000 or less No limit on AGI (including Reservists & National Guard)
The Benefit Bank of North Carolina Self Serve No age restrictions Full year resident only $65,000 or less if single or married filing separate; $95,000 or less if married filing jointly $65,000 or less if single or married filing separate; $95,000 or less if married filing jointly (including Reservist and National Guard)
TurboTax Freedom Edition Free File No age restrictions Full year, part year, or nonresident $30,000 or less or eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit $58,000 or less including Reservists and National Guard


Eligibility Requirements for Low Cost
Product Name & link to website Cost Residency Status
OLT Online Taxes State Only = $7.95
Federal Only = Free (1040EZ) or $7.95
Federal & State = $7.95 - $15.90
Full year, part year or nonresident
Average1040.com State Only = $9.82 (Free with Federal filing)
Federal Only = $9.82
Federal & State = $9.82 (State is Free)
Full year only, does not support part year or nonresidents
Express1040.com State Only = $12.95
Federal Only = Free
Federal & State = $12.95
Full year, part year, or nonresidents
FreeTaxUSA.com State Only = $12.95
Federal Only = Free
Federal & State = $12.95
Full year, part year, or nonresidents
TaxHawk.com State Only = $12.95
Federal Only = Free
Federal & State = $12.95
Full year, part year, or nonresidents
TaxACT State Only = $14.99
Federal Only = Free ($12.99 Deluxe Edition)
Federal & State = $14.99 - $17.99
Full year, part year, or nonresidents
eSmartTax.com State Only = $19.95
Federal Only = Free (Basic Edition)
Federal & State = $19.95 - $59.90
Full year residents only
TaxSlayer.com State Only = $9.95
Federal Only = $9.95
Federal & State = $22.90 (Classic Edition)
Full year, part year or nonresident
TurboTax Tax Software State Only = $27.99 (simple return)
Federal Only = Free (simple return)
Federal & State = $27.95 - $111.98
Full year, part year or nonresident
Jackson Hewitt Online State only = $9.95
Federal only = Free
Federal & State = $29.95 - $74.90
Full year residents only
1040Now State Only = $17.95
Federal Only = $14.95 - $19.95
Federal & State = $32.90 - $37.90
Full year, part year or nonresident
H&R Block Online State only = $27.99
Federal only = Free
Federal & State = $36.99
Full year, part year, or nonresidents
ezTaxReturn.com State Only = $19.95
Federal Only = $29.95
Federal & State = $39.95
Full year, part year or nonresident
FileYourTaxes.com State Only = $39.75
Federal Only = $39.75
Federal & State = $75.25
Full year, part year or nonresident

 

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