The Catch To Walmart’s Free Tax Preparation Service


Last week, Walmart announced it would offer free tax preparation services from H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt in its stores nationwide.

But before you rejoice, know there’s a catch: Both companies are only offering these services for taxpayers filing out the 1040EZ, a basic, one-page form for single or married individuals who have no dependents and earn less than $100,000 per year. 

All they need to participate is their W2.

Unfortunately, the rest of us—a.k.a., homeowners, freelancers, business owners and parents—do not fall into this category.