• James H Mcateer

    "H&R Block is the best online tax filing service that you can use. It's easy and anyone can do file their own taxes."

  • Michelle D Ruiz

    "I'm a regular customer every year. I've always been completely satisfied with the entire service."

  • Ricky L Stewart

    "Love the way the agent took his time to make sure I understood everything, and he did it in a timely manner."

H&R Block Online Tax Software Pros:

  • Affordable federal return filing fee for such a big name software
  • Free federal e-filing of the 1040EZ
  • Allows for five e-files when the software is purchased directly
  • Offers professional audit defense and a professional tax consultant service
  • Offers Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) assistance for calculating tax credits/penalties
  • Provides support via telephone, email, live chat and offers tutorials and FAQs for users
  • Import W-2 forms & 1099-B forms from participating institutions
  • Mobile version available
  • Less expensive filing for state returns
  • Face-to-face support options by going to an office

Plan Comparison

Free Plan – Who doesn’t like free. If you file a simple tax return every year, there’s no need to pay for any extras. It’s perfect for a simple 1040 or 1040 EZ return. And it’s the best place to start for beginners. There are two things to note – you’ll have to enter any past tax return info, W-2, and 1099s by hand. And like most tax software, the Federal eFile is free, you have to pay to file your state return.

Basic Plan – This plan gets you everything in the Free plan, plus you can digitally import your prior returns, W-2, and 1099s. It’s perfect for someone with a simple return but still wants some extra guidance getting it finished.

Deluxe Plan – This plan is perfect for homeowners and investors. You get everything in the Basic plan, plus it guides you through mortgage interest, property taxes, investment income, and charitable donations. Plus, it helps find your eligible credits and deductions.

Premium Plan – If you’re self-employed or have rental properties, this is for you. You’ll get everything in the Deluxe plan, plus it provides Schedule C guidance, rental income/expense help, and advanced cost basis calculations.

Premium & Business Plan – This plan is for more complex small business owners. It’s only available in the download version of the tax software. The plan covers the C Corp, S Corp, LLC, partnership, estates, trusts, and non-profits. It even guides you through payroll and employer forms.

H&R Block’s features and ease of use

H&R Block’s interface is good-looking, straightforward and easy to use, plus there are handy tools like a W-2 photo import, which lets you avoid time spent keying in numbers from little boxes. Because the software is online, you can log in from other devices if you choose to work on your return here and there.

Help is available within the preparation process — many terms are hyperlinked so that you can read a definition or get more information, and the software is quick to send confused users to a searchable knowledge base. Like most software packages, a banner running across the top keeps track of where you are in the return process.

All versions will import last year’s return from TurboTax, Tax Act, Credit Karma or any other tax prep company, and you can import your 1099s, too. The free version does not automatically import last year’s return, though.

The mobile app was redesigned this year. On it you can upload photos of your W-2s and 1099s (two less things to key in, right?), and you can do your return entirely in the app if you want.

The bottom line

H&R Block offers solid filing options at a reasonable price. If you want to file your taxes online but would feel better knowing you can run to a human at a desk in a brick-and-mortar office if you get stuck, H&R Block is a good choice.