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Established in 2003, eFile is an online tax software for individuals to electronically file their federal and state returns. As an authorized IRS e-file provider, the eFile platform also provides forms and tax calculators for previous years. You will need to submit back files by mail, but eFile has online tools to help for tax years 2015 and later.

Pros & Cons

  • Max refund and accuracy guarantees
  • Free audit support
  • No in-person services
  • No business filing

What is eFile?

Along with having access to tax professionals, eFile also offers tax over 15 free tax calculators and tools, including a tax return estimator and calculators to help you discover your tax bracket and personal tax rate.

With eFile you can file individual tax returns, including taxes if you are self-employed, through its premium services. However, it does not offer tax filing options for business owners. All e-filing is secured with SSL protection and is encrypted between eFile’s web servers and your browser. The company says that its hardware servers are located in a non-disclosed, limited-access area with constant monitoring.

How does eFile work?

Once you create a free account with eFile, you can start filing your taxes. If it is your first time with eFile, you must input everything manually. If you choose to use eFile again, your previous year’s information will upload automatically.

The eFile platform will guide you through filling out your taxes and allowing you to access every form that relates to your tax situation. If at any point you need help, you can contact one of its Taxperts.

eFile products and services

A unique aspect of eFile is that it will automatically upgrade or downgrade your service based on your tax needs. The software ensures you are using the correct tax forms for free or at the lowest price possible for your tax situation.

Here are the different services eFile offers:

  • Free Basic: The basic version is available for single or married filing jointly, but it is not for those with dependents. Additionally, the basic version can only be used for those with simple income types, such as salary, tips and W-2 work.
  • Deluxe: The deluxe version includes everything the basic version does, but it does include dependents and more complicated forms of income, such as investment income, rental income and social security.
  • Premiere: This version allows all basic and deluxe income types along with self-employed income and royalties, alimony, capital gains/losses and more.

eFile fees

The following prices are the retail costs for using eFile. However, prices were significantly reduced at the time of publication, including unlimited state filing starting at $9.99.

  • Basic: $0 for federal, $49 for unlimited state returns
  • Deluxe: $39 for federal, $49 for unlimited state returns
  • Premiere: $29 for federal, $49 for unlimited state returns

eFile FAQ

Can you pay for your tax preparation costs with your refund?

Yes. If you are expecting a refund, you can pay for your Deluxe or Premiere filing with your refund. This option will have a convenience processing fee of $24.95 added to your cost of filing.

What refund options does eFile offer?

For the fastest refund, eFile allows taxpayers to receive their refund through IRS direct deposit into their bank account, third-party payment app or check.

Can you file a tax extension with eFile?

Yes. eFile offers free tax extension filing, which would give you another six months to file your tax return. However, if you owe the IRS, you will need not be able to extend the payment due with a file extension.

Is eFile legit?

eFile is a legitimate company that has had over 66 million self-prepared returns for 2022, according to the company. Along with being an approved e-filer through the IRS, eFile offers guarantees for accuracy and also offers refunds if there is a tax app error.

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