You can do your taxes online for free.
BUT you have to pay to have the e-filed.
UNLESS, you qualify for the free file, by being low income. I am low income this year, since I am unemployed.
I tried it out,and I am glad I did. I had filled out my paper form, and compared it to the online form, and in the end I did make an error regarding my unemployment.
It is helpful that they also transfer all the basic info (W-2s, 1099s, etc.) from the Fed to the state form.
But, they do charge for the state form. Unless you live in one of 15 or so states that also require the free e-file from them. Anyway.
I also have to file non-resident for one state and resident for the other. (So that's a total of 3 tax returns I have to do.)
For the states, I did the same thing, I filed out the paper forms and then checked it against the online and they are both correct.
I am going to free e-file my Fed, and pay for my e-file for state of residence, BUT I am going to paper file my non-resident. My state returns are so low and the fees are $15 per state--a good chunk for me!
The online really sets you up to get everything done, it is pretty easy, if you have a basic return.