My daughter got her first W-2 last week, and she asked me to help her get her refunds. Her W-2 had a link to an IRS e-file site that was broken, so I helped her find myfreetaxes.com, which was recommended by the New York State Department of Revenue. Considering that it was funded by the Wal-Mart foundation and used H&R Block’s website, I figured there would be more than a few fucks thrown in. Nope – it is actually free for anyone making less than $58K/year. You can e-file state and local returns, and arrange for direct deposit of refunds. No hidden fees, no come-ons, just service.
This should be unremarkable, but of course it isn’t, given the marketing of “early refunds” (i.e., loans) and unnecessary tax advice to people who would get full refunds via a 1040EZ. It’s nice to see that there’s at least one place where hard-working people who have given Uncle Sugar a tax-free loan in the form of their withholding won’t get ripped off when they attempt to get their money back.