How to File Your Taxes for Free
At this point, you’ve probably decided you’re going to file your taxes online yourself. Great choice! Now you have a couple of options. One being to file your taxes online for free using IRS Free File. With this tool, the IRS works with online tax preparation services to help you fill out your information and file your return online. It’s a free program, so it’s not as intuitive as a paid tax software program, but it won’t cost you any money.
IRS Free File has 2 options bases on your income:
- If your annual income is lower than $72,000: State tax filing, guided preparation, and calculations are included.
- If your annual income is above $72,000: State filing is not included, you file all forms yourself, and you only receive basic guidance on calculations.
Paid Tax Software
Alternatively, you can spend some money and use one of the more popular DIY tax software tools, like Intuit’s TurboTax or H&R Block.
These tax software programs make e-filing your taxes super easy since they use a Q&A format that walks you through the process. Paid plans come with more benefits; however, most of the popular options also offer a version that lets users who have simple tax returns file for free.
If you have a more complex or unique tax situation, consider upgrading to a paid version to make sure you’re submitting everything correctly. If you want professional help, you can go with an authorized e-file provider in your area. To find a local tax preparer, you can do a search here with your zip code or state.