Free File
Did you know this tax year, an estimated 78 million Americans may be eligible to prepare and file their taxes online for free? This is made possible by the new Internet-based Free File service, offered through an agreement between the Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance, LLC, a private sector consortium of tax software companies. Free File is an online tax preparation and electronic filing program designed to provide taxpayers with an easy, fast, and secure way to file their taxes. Free File also offers the fastest route to a refund.

Eligible taxpayers will be able to prepare and file their federal income tax returns using software provided by the Free File Alliance members - not the IRS. Each Free File Alliance member sets its own eligibility requirements, so requirements will differ from company to company. Generally, eligibility will be based on factors such as age, adjusted gross income, state residency, military status, or eligibility to file a Form 1040EZ or for the Earned Income Credit. This agreement requires the Alliance, as a whole, to provide free services to at least 60 percent, or approximately 78 million US taxpayers through April 15.

For more information on the new Free File service, or to find out if you are eligible for Free File services through an alliance company, visit the Free File homepage: http://www.irs.gov/app/freeFile/welcome.jsp

As tax preparation season gets into full swing, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting the programs available for tax assistance.

  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
    To issue matching grants to organizations providing: (1) Representation of low-income taxpayers in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or (2) programs to inform individuals for whom English is a second language about their tax rights and responsibilities. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=721

  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly
    To provide free income tax information and return preparation assistance to elderly taxpayers. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=722