Taxpayers can file state taxes directly through their state’s department of revenue, notes CBS News. Some states provide free filing options through their websites, but taxpayers should verify the cost before submitting their returns. A comprehensive list of state revenue offices is available on the Federation of Tax Administrators website.
The most popular links for each state are listed on the Federation of Tax Administrators website. These include the current year’s tax forms, online filing options, other filing options and department of revenue contact information. Users can then submit the completed tax forms directly to their state’s revenue office.
Some major tax preparation services require taxpayers to submit a federal return before proceeding with a state return, according to TaxACT.com. However, efile.com allows taxpayers to file only an electronic state return for a fee. Users enter the same information they would for a federal tax return, but only the state return is submitted.
Users on efile.com must first create a user account, according to the company's website. They can then enter their filing status, income, claimed tax credits and deduction information. Once this form is completed, taxpayers must click the button to file a federal return, although the federal return isn’t actually filed. Users then enter the state return promotional code, which is “e20file,” as of 2015.