The Best Tax Software Of 2021 for The Self-Employed – Forbes Advisor

TurboTax Self-Employed is the most expensive platform in our listing—it charges $120.00 for a federal tax return, plus $50.00 for each state tax return. But in exchange for higher costs, you get excellent customer service and plenty of assistance.

Self-employed folks may need the extra help filing their tax returns. TurboTax Self-Employed comes with a free IRS audit risk assessment, and it offers a step-by-step guide to help you find the best tax deductions.

TurboTax’s customer service—available by phone or email—was also more prompt and helpful than the competition. We called TurboTax customer service before and during tax season, and both times we waited less than five minutes to speak with a representative.

The platform offers a chatbot that can answer most tax filing questions, or direct you to articles on the TurboTax website that address specific topics.

One downside is that TurboTax constantly tries to upsell you throughout the tax filing process more often than its competitors with “add-on” features, like IRS audit representation and identity theft insurance. For many filers, the additional features are not necessary, making the upsells an unnecessary annoyance.

Examples of business income, clearly laid out