Quick Guide to Eligibility Requirements for eFile for Free and eFile for a Fee

The following eFile for Free and eFile for a Fee programs provide electronic filing options for eligible taxpayers through a partnership between North Carolina and a group of private sector tax software companies. This is a quick reference guide to assist you in selecting a company, based on your eligibility, to either eFile for Free or eFile for a Fee. Companies are not required to support all of the forms and schedules to participate in our program. Therefore, prior to your final selection, we advise that you visit the website of the company of interest (by clinking on the Product Name) to ensure that the software will be sufficient to meet your tax preparation and filing requirements. Please note that the listed information is provided from tax software companies and is subject to change. As new information or additional software products are made available to the Department, this page will be updated. The North Carolina Department of Revenue does not endorse any specific tax filing product.

For your convenience, Step by Step Instructions are available regarding the selection of a eFile for Free or eFile for a Fee Option.

Eligibility Requirements for Free File
Product Name & link to website Age (as of December 31, 2014) Residency Status AGI (adjusted gross income) Payment Type(s)
1040Now No age restrictions US/NC resident $32,000 or less  
Average1040.com No age restrictions Full year resident only $3,500 or less  
H&R Block Free File Between 13 and 53 years Full year, part year or nonresident $53,500 or less  
Online Taxes at OLT.com No age restrictions Full year, part year, or nonresident Between $13,000 and $60,000 D-400V & D-410
TaxACT Between 18 and 58 Full year, part year, or nonresident $52,000 or less D-400V, D-410 & NC-40
TaxSlayer No age restrictions US/NC resident $33,000 or less D-400V
The Benefit Bank No age restrictions Full year resident only $95,000 or below for Married Filing Jointly, $65,000 or below for all other filing statuses  
TurboTax Freedon Edition Free File No age restrictions Full year resident only $31,000 or less or you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.  


Eligibility Requirement for a Fee
Product Name & link to website Cost Residency Status Payment Type(s)
OLT Online Taxes State Only = $7.95
Federal Only = Free (1040EZ) or $7.95
Federal & State = $7.95 - $15.90
Full year, part year or nonresident D-400V & D410
Average1040.com

State Only = $10.82
Federal Only = 10.82
Federal & State = $10.82 (Free State)

Full year only, does not support part year or nonresidents  
1040Now State only = $17.95
Federal only = $9.95 (1040EZ), $19.95 (1040-A/1040)
Federal & State = $9.95 (1040-EZ), $19.95 (1040-A/1040) plus $17.95 (for each state)
Full year, part year or nonresident  
TaxACT Online State Only = $14.99
Federal Only = Free or $12.99 with Deluxe
Federal & State - $14.99 with Free Edition or $5 with Deluxe
Full year, part year, or nonresidents D-400V, D410 & NC-40
eSmartTax.com State Only = $19.95
Federal Only = Free (Basic Edition) Federal & State = $19.95 - $59.90
Full year resident only D-410
TaxSlayer.com State Only = North Carolina is available to be filed with your Federal return
Federal & State = $23.90 TaxSlayer Free Basic Edition,$27.90 TaxSlayer Classic Edition, $49.90 TaxSlayer Premium Edition
Full year, part year or nonresident D-400V
TurboTax Tax Software State Only = $27.99 (simple return) or $36.99 (Deluxe Edition)
Federal Only = Free (simple return) or $19.99 - $74.99
Federal & State = $27.95 - $111.98
Full year, part year or nonresident  
Jackson Hewitt Online State only = $9.95
Federal only = Free
Federal & State = $29.95 - $74.90
Full year residents only  
H&R Block online State only = $27.99
Federal only = Free
Federal & State = $36.99
Full year, part year, or nonresidents  
ezTaxReturn.com State Only = $19.95
Federal Only = $29.95
Federal & State = $39.95
Full year residents only  
FileYourTaxes.com State Only = $27.75
Federal Only = $27.75
Federal & State = $52.25
Full year, part year, or nonresidents  
FreeTaxUSA State Only = $12.95
Federal Only = Free
Federal & State = $12.95
Full year, part year, or nonresidents D-400V

 

 

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