When the US Internal Revenue Service first came out with e-filing, I was annoyed that you had to buy tax preparation software or pay for tax preparation in order to e-file. This is no longer the case. If your adjusted gross income is $54,000 or less, you can use a free e-filing service called Free File. The linked article has a list of services from which to choose—I’ve used the H&R Block TaxCut Free File for two years now, with no problems. Sure beats mailing in those returns. Note, however, that this only applies to federal taxes, and that you may get marketing emails from the service that you choose.