The U.S. tax system is unnecessarily stressful. There are tons of reasons for this—a major one being that companies who provide tax-prep services lobby heavily to keep it that way.
Fortunately, the government offers you some free tax software to make your life much, much easier. Unfortunately, the expend almost zero effort letting anyone know these exist (see the heavy lobbying mentioned in the previous graff).
Here are two free tax prep options for 2019/2020:
- If you make under $36k (or are active military making under $69k), the government forces Intiuit (the makers of TurboTax) to help you out: IRS Free File Program by TurboTax.
- If you make any amount and fit a handful of other requirements, the IRS offers you several online free-file options.