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Posted on March 16, 2016 by Christine Crosby in gov/freefile, IRS, tax return

Did You Know Filing Your Tax Return Is Free?

With Tax Deadline a Month Away, Free Tax Return Services Available for All Taxpayers at IRS.gov/freefile 

Taxpayers Making $62,000 or Less Can Visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to Prepare and e-File Tax Returns for Free; Basic E-Filing & Extensions Available to All Americans

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2016) – With almost one month left until the tax deadline, the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), today reminded taxpayers that free tax solutions are available to all Americans at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile.

Taxpayers with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income of $62,000 or less can access free, industry-leading tax software to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Free state return options are also available to everyone making $62,000 or less.

Taxpayers who have an AGI that exceeds $62,000 can e-file their federal tax returns or an extension using Free File Fillable Forms—a service designed for taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance. Free File also helps taxpayers with the new health care requirements. Using Free File, most taxpayers will simply have to check a box to report health care coverage for the entire year. The service is also available in Spanish.

“Every American taxpayer can and should take advantage of the Free File program,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “Whether you need to e-file a tax return or an extension, Free File is the fast, safe and free way to tackle your taxes. Free File is also the only place where the industry’s best tax software is available at one place and at no cost. Simply visit IRS.gov/freefile and choose the software offering that fits your tax needs.”

The Free File program has provided nearly $1.4 billion in free tax software over the last 13 years. Free File Alliance member companies have continually worked with the IRS to strengthen the Free File program, and taxpayers have consistently reported that it is user-friendly and efficient. Responding to a 2009 IRS survey, 96 percent of users said they found Free File easy to use, while 98 percent said they would recommend the program to others. 

About the Free File Alliance
The Free File Alliance, a coalition of 13 industry-leading tax software companies, has partnered with the IRS since 2003 to help low and middle-income Americans prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns online. The Free File Alliance is committed to giving 70 percent of taxpayers free access to the industry’s top online tax preparation software. More than 46 million returns have been filed through Free File since its inception. For more information, visit www.freefilealliance.org.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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