The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry companies who provide their online tax preparation and filing for free. It provides two ways for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax online:
Guided Tax Preparation: provides free online tax preparation and filing at an IRS partner site. Partners deliver this service at no cost to qualifying taxpayers. Taxpayers whose AGI is $73,000 or less qualify for a free federal tax return.
Free File Fillable Forms are electronic federal tax forms, equivalent to a paper 1040 form. You should know how to prepare your own tax return using form instructions and IRS publications if needed. It provides a free option to taxpayers whose income (AGI) is greater than $73,000.
If your adjusted gross income (AGI) was $73,000 or less, review each provider’s offer to make sure you qualify. Some offers include a free state tax return. Use the IRS Free File Lookup Tool to narrow your list of providers or the Browse All Offers page to see a full list of providers. After selecting one of the IRS Free File offers, you will leave the IRS.gov website.
Your information is protected from any unauthorized access while it is sent to the IRS. Free File partner companies may not disclose or use tax return information for purposes other than tax return preparation without your informed and voluntary consent. These companies are also subject to the Federal Trade Commission Privacy and Safeguards Rules and IRS e-file regulations. If you suspect a tax scam, visit here for more information on how to report them.
To access online tax forms go here.
AARP Tax Assistance:
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers virtual or in-person tax assistance to anyone over the age of 50 with low to moderate income. You can find a location to help with taxes, download software, or set up tax alerts via text here.
To get started, you will want to be prepared with the appropriate documents. To find out what information to have at the ready, check out the list here.