3 Ways to Save $300+ During Tax Season

Posted by CapWay in TaxesMarch 11, 2019(Last Updated January 10, 2023)1 min read
Key Takeaways
  • If you prefer to file your taxes, the IRS allows you to choose from 12 free tax filing programs. 
  • It's important to avoid scammers during tax season. 
  • Dishonest practitioners can add false information to give you a bigger refund that you do not qualify to receive.
Are you ready to make some real money moves?

File Your Taxes for Free 


If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $66,000 or less, you may qualify for two IRS options to file your taxes for free. 


Option 1: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Centers 


VITA sites are located in communities across the country. You can schedule an appointment to file your taxes with a trained tax preparer at a VITA site. Appointments are available from February through April, with some locations offering tax help through October.  


Click here to find a site. 

Option 2: Free Self-Filing


If you like to file yourself, the IRS allows you to choose from 12 free tax filing programs, including H&R Block and TurboTax. 

Lady filing her income and business taxes


Learn more about free tax filing software partnerships from the IRS. ​


Avoid Refund Anticipation Loans


Offers for “Instant Refunds” or “Quick Cash” cost you more in the long run. For example, many tax-preparing companies claim that their loans are 0% interest. But, in reality, the company is tacking on fees to make the money they would have made if they charged interest.

Avoid the Scammers 


Just because a tax preparer promises you a bigger refund does not mean that it will be done in good practice. Dishonest practitioners can add false information to give you a bigger refund that you do not qualify to receive. As a result, you could be audited and end up with an enormous tax bill, fines from the federal government, and added stress.

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