TaxAct 2018 Basic Edition

For Simple Federal Returns

Fast and easy tax filing for simple returns

Includes 5 free federal e-files

Multiple import options to save time

Transfer vital personal data from last year's tax return, including information required for IRS e-file. Plus, minimize errors by importing charitable donations, stocks, W-2s, and more!

All the free support you need

Never get stumped by a tax question. Search for the fastest answers in the Answer Center, or contact us for free tax & technical support when you need it.

Step-by-step guidance through your return

Just answer simple questions and TaxAct will do the rest. Your return is guaranteed 100% accurate, and you'll get your maximum refund the fastest way possible with free IRS e-file.

Essential tax tips & strategies

TaxTutor Guidance provides expert tax tips & strategies as you move through your return, including money-saving deductions, simple explanations, and pitfalls to avoid.

Real-Time Refund Status

See how your entries impact your refund or amount due in real time. Your refund amount updates as you prepare your return so you can always see that you're getting your guaranteed maximum refund.

Reduce your audit risk with TaxAct Alerts

TaxAct inspects your return for errors and omissions that could increase your risk of an audit, and finds valuable tax-saving opportunities you may have missed.

Free Amended Tax Returns

Need to amend your IRS return? File Form 1040X at any time - no upsells or upgrades required.

TaxAct System Requirements

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Included IRS Tax Forms:

FinCEN Form 114
Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts
Form 1040
US Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1040ES
Estimated Tax Payments
Form 1040-V
Payment Voucher
Form 1040X
Amended US Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1045
Application for Tentative Refund
Form 1127
Application for Extension of Time for Payment of Tax Due to Undue Hardship
Form 1310
Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer
Form 14039
Identity Theft Affidavit
Form 2120
Multiple Support Declaration
Form 2848
Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative
Form 4868
Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Form 5471
Information Return of U.S. Persons with Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations
Form 8332
Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption
Form 8379
Injured Spouse Allocation
Form 8606
Nondeductible IRAs
Form 8615
Tax For Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income
Form 8815
Exclusion of Interest From Series EE & I U.S. Savings Bonds Issued After 1989
Form 8822
Change of Address
Form 8862
Information to Claim Earned Income Credit After Disallowance
Form 8863
Education Credits
Form 8888
Allocation of Refund (Including Bond Purchases)
Form 8915A
Qualified 2016 Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments
Form 8915B
Qualified 2017 Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments
Form 9465
Installment Agreement Request
Form W-7
Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

Included Tax Schedules:

Schedule 8812
Additional Child Tax Credit
Schedule EIC
Earned Income Credit
Schedule R
Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled

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