The IRS started accepting returns on Jan. 24, meaning tax season is happening now and if you haven’t filed, there is help available.
There are various options for free filing your tax returns.
The free services are available to those who meet eligibility requirements.
Here are three options for filing your tax return for free with the IRS
IRS Free File
The IRS offers a free service themselves.
This is a partnership between the IRS and various tax prep and software companies to offer services to people who need it.
There is guided preparation for those earning $73,000 or less.
If you make over that, you can still use the electronic tax forms.
Places like H&R Block offer free basic and simple filing for some.
There is no fee for state tax prep at the basic level.
There are also free services for those who report retirement income, EITC, and child tax credit.
If you have a more complex return, you may need to pay additional fees.
Intuit owns TurboTax, and they offer a free start for simple returns.
It’s best for those using a W-2 to file their return.
If you’ve used the service before, you can transfer information over to save time.
There are disqualifying factors for this services.
- Itemized deductions
- Unemployment compensation reported on a 1099-G
- Business or 1099-NEC income
- Stock sales
- Rental property income
- Credits, deductions, and income reported on Schedules 1-3
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