Money Matters story idea: Look carefully at 'free' tax filing services

February 8, 2013 01:30

Filing tax returns has never been easier, with many private companies offering electronic filing options online. Most entice customers by offering to file federal returns for free, but require a fee to file state returns.

However, if you live in a state with no state income tax or its own online free filing system, many taxpayers can file online at no charge.using the free IRS system. Does your state offer a way to file online for free? Check with your state's revenue department and you could develop a teaseble story to save your readers, listeners and viewers money. reported on the availability of free income tax filing and outlines the most popular commercial preparation services.