Retail giant Walmart will be providing free federal 1040EZ tax return filing through its partners H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt at more than 3,000 of its stores this tax season.
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Leading up to the week of January 16-22, Walmart has worked with Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block to double its in-store tax kiosks and lower the cost of tax preparation services.
Jackson Hewitt will offer free federal Form 1040EZ filing at its Walmart kiosks throughout tax season. H&R Block will provide free federal Form 1040EZ filing until February 29. H&R Block will have 250 kiosks in Walmart stores, while Jackson Hewitt is adding approximately 800 kiosks, increasing its Walmart footprint to 2,800 kiosks.
The free federal Form 1040EZ offer includes up to two W-2 forms and is generally aimed at single or married taxpayers who claim no dependents and who do not itemize deductions. Additional fees apply for state, local and more complex federal tax returns, financial products and other services.
The retailer is also offering flat-fee check cashing for tax refunds. Walmart cashes tax refund checks and cards up to $1,000 for $3, and tax refund checks up to $7,500 for $6. The retailer cashes checks in 47 states, excluding New York and New Jersey. Walmart is also currently testing other check cashing services in Rhode Island.
“With more than 3,000 tax preparation kiosks in Walmart stores across the U.S. and low flat-fee check cashing services, our customers can conveniently make their refund dollars stretch farther by simply taking care of their tax needs at Walmart,” said Walmart Financial Services vice president Daniel Eckert in a statement.