Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Is filing your return for free via tax filing companies a scam?

I got an email with subject line: Submit Your FREE Federal Return!

Main content of the email was: Enter postcard code FEDERAL12 by January 25th 
to receive a FREE Federal tax return**!

Where  **File a State return for only $4.95. Free Federal Return valid for accounts not e-filed in 2011. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Discount not to exceed $9.95 regardless of version.

I received the similar postcard in the mail.

So I registered before January 25th, but I did not see the option to enter postcard code. So I emailed customer support asking the same. Following is the response that I got from them.

“Thank you for your email request.

That postcard was sent in error. Please ignore. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you,”

I am not satisfied with this and asked them to allow me to file return for free. Lets see what happens next…

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