American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)

The American Opportunity Tax Credit is a tax credit to help pay for education expenses paid for the first four years of education completed after high school. You can get a maximum annual credit of $2,500 per eligible student and 40% or $1,000 could be refunded if you…

Armed Forces Tax Benefits

This law allows tax benefits or relief for special tax situations of active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Information on these special tax benefits for Armed Forces Personnel can be found in Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide.

Casualties, Disasters, and Theft

The program offers tax relief for casualty losses that result from the destruction of, or damage to your property from any sudden, unexpected, or unusual event such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake or even volcanic eruption.

Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit program can reduce the Federal tax you owe by $1,000 for each qualifying child under the age of 17.

Child and Dependent Care Credit

The Child and Dependent Care Credit program can reduce your tax by claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses on your federal income tax return.

Direct Deposit

Direct Deposit is a free service for electronically transferring your tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service into your financial account. More than eight out of ten taxpayers use Direct Deposit to get their tax refunds. Direct Deposit is easy, safe and…

Direct Express® Prepaid Debit Card

The Direct Express® card is a prepaid debit card option for federal benefit recipients to receive their benefits electronically. With the Direct Express® card, your federal benefit payment is automatically deposited directly into your card account each month on your…

Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Program

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster…

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), sometimes called EIC, is a tax credit for workers with low to moderate income. Eligibility for the tax credit is based on various factors including family size, filing status and income. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed,…

Farmer's Tax Guide

The Farmers Tax Guide program is designed to offer Federal income tax credit to farmers.

Free File

Available exclusively at, Free File makes doing your Federal taxes less taxing, either through brand-name software or fillable forms that do the hard work for you. This online tax preparation service lets you prepare your own tax return and e-file it for free.…

Identity Protection

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number (SSN) or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Innocent Spouse Relief

Many married taxpayers choose to file a joint tax return because of certain benefits this filing status allows. Both taxpayers are jointly and individually responsible for the tax and any interest or penalty due on the joint return even if they later divorce. This is…

Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC)

The Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) is a tax credit used to offset the cost of tuition and related expenses. It can help eligible students pay for undergraduate, graduate and professional degree courses and courses taken to get or improve job skills. There is no limit…

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

A Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) is an organization that receives a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to represent low income individuals who have a tax dispute with the IRS, and to provide education and outreach to individuals who speak English…

Medical and Dental Expenses Tax Credit

This program could reduce the Federal tax you owe by deducting medical and dental expenses from your taxable income. Medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part of…

Tax Benefits for Adoption

The adoption credit could reduce your income tax by claiming your qualified adoption expenses on your federal income tax return. If you received employer-provided adoption assistance, you may be able to exclude some of your income from tax.

Tax Benefits for Education

Certain tax benefits may be available to you if you are saving for or paying educations costs for yourself or another student who is a member of your immediate family. Most benefits apply only to higher education.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly

The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program provides free tax assistance to people who are age 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers provide free assistance and basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals at community…

Tax Help for People with Disabilities

The program provides tax relief for disabled individual taxpayers.

Tax Relief for Divorced or Separated Individuals

There are certain special Federal tax rules for divorced or separated individuals that can result in a lower tax liability than would otherwise apply.

Terrorist Attack-Disaster Relief Information for Individuals

For eligible individuals and families who were victims of terrorist attacks, special tax relief provisions were enacted under the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001. Under this act, the following amounts are not included in income. Certain disability…

The Go Direct® Campaign

The Treasury Department's Go Direct® national public education campaign informs Americans of the change and helps them understand what they need to do to get their Federal benefit payments electronically. Direct deposit is safer, easier, and gives people more control…

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified…

my Retirement Account (myRA)

myRetirement Account (myRA®) is a starter retirement savings option created by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, especially designed for those who don’t have access to a plan at work. Saving with myRA is simple, safe, and affordable:No cost to open and no fees No…