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Tax Services FAQ

What are the tax preparation fees?

Our tax preparation fees start as low as $29.95 for the 1040EZ form, unlike other tax preparers our price includes electronic filing of both federal and state taxes. Additional fees are charged for any other forms needed to complete the tax return. Go into a store near you for your free estimate.

Do you offer Tax Loans?

You may qualify for an e-advance loan of up to $750 based on your federal refund. You can usually receive the e-advance loan within 24 hours.

Do I have to pay the preparation fees up front?

No, we offer a tax preparation service that allows us to deduct our preparation fees directly from your federal tax return so that you do not have to pay anything upfront.

What do I need to bring in to have my taxes prepared?

You should bring:

  • W2’s, Photo ID, and Social Security Cards for you and all your dependents
  • Any other important tax documents like 1099’s

If you are wishing to itemize, bring your

  • 1098 (home mortgage)
  • medical bills
  • charitable donations
  • non-reimbursed employee expenses

If you are self employed bring any receipts/expenses

What is a Federal Refund Anticipation Check (Federal RAC)?

You could get money quickly and conveniently with a Lightning Tax Refund Anticipation Check. You could get up to $9999 with a Federal RAC and pay nothing out of pocket at the time of your tax preparation. A Federal RAC offers you a convenient way to receive money faster than a mailed federal refund check from the IRS when Lightning Tax prepares and electronically files your taxes. Receive the balance of your refund in a Direct Deposit or check in approximately 21 days from IRS acceptance of your efiled tax return.

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