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IRS: Free File is open, here’s what to know

Tax season is almost here, and many Americans stress when it comes time to deal with the IRS. The IRS Free File Program can help.

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Luckily, there’s a tool available to Americans that will make filing taxes faster and easier.

This is the IRS Free File Program, which is program aimed at helping Americans file their taxes for free.

The IRS teams up with tax preparation and software firms that give users access to their own filing products free of charge.


Who can use the IRS Free File Program?

The providers set their own rules and usually base them on age, state residency, and income.

Some will offer free state income tax prep.

If you make over $73,000 per year, you can still use the program.

Make sure you’re comfortable doing your own taxes if you choose this option.


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How to use IRS’ Free File Program

Visit the IRS website to use the tool.

Click the link for “choose an IRS Free File offer” to find a product you like.

Once you find the product you want to use, the link will bring you to the providers website.

Returns aren’t being processed until Jan. 24, but you can file them early and they will be submitted for you on Jan. 24.

April 18, 2022 is the deadline this year.


Tools available to help this tax season

Companies offering their services through the Free File Program

  • 1040Now.NET
  • ezTaxReturn.com (available in Spanish)
  • FreeTaxReturn.com INC
  • FileYourTaxes.com
  • On-Line Taxes at OLT.com
  • TaxAct
  • FreeTaxUSA
  • TaxSlayer (coming soon in Spanish)
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