Tax Act Overview

TaxAct is a do-it-yourself filing service with a maximum refund guarantee, online support, and helpful tools.

TaxAct offers a simple filing structure that allows you to learn about your taxes through hands-on filing. You’ll get access to features like easy W-2 and document import, unlimited technical support, and even personal assessments and recommendations to lower your future tax bills. All four levels of software offer these features, including the free option for simple tax returns. The upgraded Plus option allows homeowners and filers with investments to maximize deductions, and the Freelancer level helps you maximize business and Schedule C deductions, with additional year-round help planning your finances. The top-level Premium option gets you all of these features as well as free professional audit protection.

While it isn’t quite as refined as TurboTax or H&R Block, TaxAct is perfect for those looking for value without needing to sacrifice features.

TaxAct offers unlimited phone and email support, so you never have to worry about any question, big or small.

They also offer a Price Lock Guarantee, so you’ll pay the amount you signed up for, even if you file later and their prices have gone up.


  • Free (1040EZ/1040A filers): Federal $0; State $0.
  • Plus: Federal $25; State $37.
  • Freelancer: Federal $39; State $37.
  • Premium: Federal $51; State $37.

Special Offer: Get 15% off TaxAct Plus & Premium (offer expires soon)

Ease of Registration: You can get started preparing your return for free just by signing up for an account with your basic information, and you won’t need to pay until you file.

Bottom Line: TaxAct is one of the most affordable tax services, offering basic features comparable with other bigger names.