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 IRS.gov. Try the Interactive Tax Assistant, use Search in the upper right corner of IRS.gov, 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.

More info

Free File Fillable Forms

Free File Fillable Forms is a FREE forms-based tool enabling you to:

  • Self-select your federal income tax forms and schedules
  • Fill in your tax information online
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations
  • Print your tax return for record keeping and filing
  • E-file your federal income tax return

Free File Fillable Forms is the tool for you if you’re comfortable filling out the forms and schedules without software help or assistance. If you’re not comfortable with this method, you may want to consider choosing the traditional free file program.

This FREE, forms-based program allows taxpayers to choose the federal income tax forms and schedules they need, fill in information, e-file and sign the return electronically and print a copy for record keeping. It is designed to be the simple electronic equivalent of paper forms. Unlike most tax software, it doesn’t ask about or explain tax situations. It performs only basic calculations and doesn’t have extensive error checking. Just like completing a paper return, you’ll be responsible for the input of most of the information on the return.

Unlike most tax software, Free File Fillable Forms is a simple electronic equivalent of paper forms. It provides basic mathematical calculations and basic field error checking. It doesn’t ask about or explain tax situations, automatic calculations, or extensive error checking. The program provides forms for federal taxes only, while most tax software provides federal and state.

More info

ENTER  FREE FORMS

Tax Preparation Software

IRS Free File

Free File is a free, federal income tax prep and electronic filing program for eligible taxpayers, developed through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of private sector tax software companies. Taxpayers can do their federal income tax returns using commercial online software provided by the Free File Alliance companies.

Turbo Tax

Free Edition includes free IRS efile.

Tax Act

Free federal edition include prparaton, printing and E-file.

H&R Block

Complete Tax