Jackson Hewitt Online starts $25 flat fee; others pitch free tax prep

Do-it-yourself types who are looking for a deal for online tax preparation are seeing plenty of promotions.

It’s a marketing battle of the free online tax deals among some big names. But you’re going to need to review the restrictions and rules to figure out just what deal actually saves you money and what doesn’t. 

Gig workers or self-employed workers, for example, often don’t qualify for free services and can be directed to higher cost online options at places like TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxAct. 

Meanwhile, Jackson Hewitt is throwing up its hands, dropping all the “free” offerings and charging one flat rate to everyone in the name of simplicity. 

A $25 flat rate 

Jackson Hewitt Tax Services is rolling out a $25 flat rate if you do your taxes — federal and state — online. The fee covers both state and federal, and as many state returns as needed. If you need to file multiple state returns, you’d still pay one flat fee.