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I wish I kept records of the cost to e-file using TurboTax. Once, I think it cost $7.95 to e-file the federal return and the could not e-file a New Jersey return.
Later, You could file both returns for a single fee that, IIRC, was less than $10.
Then I bought TurboTax with State included at no extra cost and they allowed you to file one return "free"; i.e., the filing cost was included.
This year they wanted something like $35 for filing both federal and state. With cheaper faster computers and more experience with e-filing, I would have expected the costs to go down, not up, and surely not up so much. How much oil does it take to run their computers anyway?

I suspect the efiling fee has nothing to do with the cost of providing the service and everything to do with "how can we raise prices without raising prices?". The purchase price for the software stays constant (or rises slowly) with the bulk of the increase hidden in the efile fee.

You might find this interesting. I use Intuit's ProSeries for my tax practice. I have an efile bundle for my 1040 clients, but I have to pay to efile each corporate, fiuciary or partnership return. My "per return" efile fee is $3 federal. (I don't have any non-1040 returns eligible for state efile.)

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