Even if you’re expecting a tax refund, this time of year can be, well, taxing on your wallet when it comes to paying for tax preparation services. According to a National Society of Accountants survey, hiring a tax return preparer cost an average of $261 for an itemized Form 1040 with Schedule A and a state tax return in 2013. That can be a lot of money for someone on a fixed income. The good news is that, if you qualify, you can get free help filing your return and not spend a dime. For some programs to investigate, check out the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.