Want to file your taxes for free? Depending on how much money
you make and other factors, you might have several choices for free
filing online or in-person with volunteer help.
Here is a quick list of free tax filing providers:
Depending on income, you can use one of two options.
If you make less than $57,000 adjusted gross income (AGI), the IRS
FreeFile site will help match you to a company that will allow you
to use its software for free to file your federal taxes. However,
depending on the company, there might be a charge to file state
taxes, or state tax filing might not be offered. Or, anyone of any
income level can use Free File Fillable Forms, which are online
versions of paper IRS tax forms, to file federal taxes.
The VITA Program and TCE Program
- The Vita Program offers free in-person tax help for taxpayers who
make $51,000 or less per year. The TCE Program offers volunteer
help to taxpayers 60 and older, and specializes in pension,
retirement and other senior tax issues. Most TCE sites are operated
by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.
- Taxpayers with a combined income of $57,000 or less in 2012 can
use MyFreeTaxes.com, offered through a partnership between the
Walmart Foundation, Goodwill Industries, the National Disability
Institute and United Way Worldwide. The service offers free online
filing for federal and state taxes as well as in-person service at
local tax help centers.
- If you earn $31,000 or less in adjusted gross income or you are
on active military duty and earn no more than $57,000 AGI, or you
get the Earned Income Credit, you can file federal taxes using
TurboTax Freedom Edition for free. In 23 states, you might be able
to file state taxes for free, but if you live elsewhere it costs
$14.99 payable by credit card.
- At FreeTaxUSA.com, anyone can file a federal return online for
free, but filing a state return costs $9.95. There are no
restrictions on income or age to use the service.
- Anyone can file federal income taxes for free using TaxHawk.
Taxpayers who make less than $20,000 in adjusted gross income can
file state taxes for free, while others pay $12.95 to file state
- This service provides free simple federal return filing for
anyone, and state filing for $14.95.
- If you qualify to use form 1040EZ, you can use TaxSlayer at no
cost to file your federal returns. State filing costs $17.90.
- Use Liberty Tax Service to file a basic federal return for free
or a state return for $19.95.
H&R Block At Home Free Edition
- H&R Block offers free federal tax filing, and there is a fee
of $27.95 to file a state return.
- This site offers free federal filing for simple tax situations,
including single or married taxpayers under 65 with no dependents,
and taxable income under $100,000. There is a charge of $29.95 to
file state taxes.
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