Free File (Federal Income Tax Return)

What is Free File? 
Free File provides free federal tax prep and e-file for taxpayers, either through brand-name software or online fillable forms. This year, you have until April 15, 2014, to file and pay your taxes or request an extension.

Who can use Free File?
You can, if your  Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) was $58,000 or less in 2013. You can use free brand-name software. You can find the company that’s best for you using the “Help Me Find Free File Software” tool. If your income was higher than $58,000, Free File Fillable Forms is available.

May I also file my state return for free?
Some participating Free File companies offer free state tax prep and e-file. Check the company’s Free File home page to learn if free state income tax prep and e-file are available.

Note: AK, FL, NV, NH, SD, TN, TX, WA and WY do not have a state income tax return filing requirement for reporting W2 wage income. Two of these, NH and TN, require taxpayers to file returns for individual interest and dividend income.

What forms and schedules can I  use to Free File?
Free File offers the most commonly filed forms/schedules. Review the list of most commonly filed forms. If a form/schedule is not listed, check the company’s website for more information.

May I use Free File to e-file my prior year return?
No. We are not set-up to accept prior year Free File returns electronically.

How do I get a copy of my return? 
Always remember to print your return after you successfully e-file. If you forget to print your return, order a free transcript from IRS. Depending on the type of transcript your request, you’ll get more or less of the information from your return.

Is customer support service available for Free File?
Yes. Access the Free File company’s website to find customer support contact information. Browse the company’s website to find free customer service options such as online assistance, or an e-mail address for technical and/or tax law assistance. Direct specific questions about your individual tax return to the tax software company you are using. Contact the Free File company to resolve issues related to the company’s software. If you are not able to resolve your issue, try another Free File company’s software.

Where do I enter the six-digit Identity Protection PIN?
If the IRS sent you a letter with an Identity Protection PIN, enter the six-digit PIN in the appropriate place in the Free File software you have selected.

Where can I find answers to tax law questions? You can get answers to many questions on Try the Interactive Tax Assistant, use Search in the upper right corner of, and check Tax Topics, Help and Resources and Individuals. If you still don’t find the answer to your question, call our toll-free tax assistance line at 1-800-829-1040 for individual tax questions or 1-800-829-4933 for business tax questions.

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Deadline for 2011 Federal Tax Return is April 17, 2012

Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file their 2012 tax returns.

The IRS expects to receive more than 144 million individual tax returns this year, with most of those being filed by the April 17 deadline.

The IRS will begin accepting e-file and Free File returns on Jan. 17, 2012. Additional details about e-file and Free File will be announced later this month. IRS Free File provides options for free brand-name tax software or online fillable forms plus free electronic filing. Everyone can use Free File to prepare a federal tax return. Taxpayers who make $57,000 or less can choose from approximately 20 commercial software providers. There’s no income limit for Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, which also includes free e-filing.

The IRS also reminds paid tax return preparers they must have and include a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) on all returns they prepare. All PTINs must be renewed for 2011. Tax return preparers can obtain or renew PTINs online.