Filing Your Taxes Electronically

There are a lot of free e-filing options via the IRS’ free file program which provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers.  Some of the e-file services, though, are limited to taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income(AGI) of $57,000 or less.  Top 3 companies we feel are a good choice and have used personally are outlined below.

1.)    Free Tax Return:

Fed Return: Free to file, 70 years old and younger, and if you live in one of the following states AL, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, VA, WI, or WV.

State Return:  $9.95

2.)    TaxACT Online:

Fed Return: Free to file, valid in all states, limited to 19 – 55 years old. Extensions e-filed for free.

State Return:  $14.95

3.)    eSmart Tax:

Fed Return: Free to file, valid in all states, 50 years old and younger. Extensions e-filed for free, En Español.

State Return:  $8.95 for AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, WA, DC, WV and WI.

You should e-file your tax return to the IRS before the deadline April 15. Opt for getting your IRS refund deposited directly into your account.  It’s quick and secure.

In addition, print out your return and keep a record.  And of course, if you are running low on your printer cartridges, give us a try at  Good luck filing your taxes.  If you need help or more information, visit the IRS website –

Advocates Question the Price of Ink Cartridges

The National Conference on Weights and Measures, a group of state officials, plans to take up the issue why cartridges retail for $30 or more while containing a fraction of an ounce of ink.  They plan on meeting by the end of January 2010 to discuss this issue.  The industry has told weights and measures officials they can expect a fight.

Manufacturers of printer cartridges note they aren’t required to follow laws such as the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, so they usually don’t say how much ink is in a cartridge. Instead, they prefer to estimate how many pages your printer will churn out before you need to replace the cartridge.

Critics say that telling consumers only the estimated number of pages a cartridge will produce doesn’t give them enough information. The industry standard allows the page count to be off as much as 10 percent, and there is no standard for the number of photos a cartridge will produce.  The chief of Florida’s Bureau of Weights and Measures says it’s time to sort this out.

The Epson Print Head

Epson equips their inkjet printers with a high quality, permanent MicroPiezo print head.  These print heads contain microscopic nozzles finer than a human hair from which the ink is fired and is able to achieve high quality results. Each of these nozzles has tiny, piezo electric elements, vibrating tens of thousands of times per second, allowing the nozzle to fire ink droplets onto the page at extremely rapid rates. No heat is involved in the printing. MicroPiezo technology ensures uniform, stable ink droplets with no satellites or misting giving you outstanding prints.

As ink is fired from the nozzles, new ink is supplied to the print head from the ink cartridge. The supply of ink to the print head in an even, uninterrupted fashion is critical to how Epson printers work.  Because of the microscopic size of the printer nozzles, clogging of the print head is imminent. In addition, if air is introduced into the printing system, ink can dry and clog a nozzle. To avoid these issues, the ink cartridges are designed to retain a small reserve of ink in its print head, much like what a sink trap does.  The ink reservoir also maintains the proper negative pressure in the printing system to ensure the ink droplets are fired evenly.

While Epson’s printing technology is superb, sooner or later, by design, the print head will fail and clog.  Our customer’s have experienced a clogging whether using original Epson cartridges or compatible Epson printer cartridges.  When your print head gets clogged, you will have to clean the print head either by servicing it yourself or sending it in.  With the cost of printers nowadays, it might be more economical and sense to buy a new printer, which includes the ink cartridges.