April 3, 2012

Free File Still Available for Last-Minute Tax Filers

The tax deadline is fast approaching.  IRS Free File offers free software to prepare and e-file your taxes for free. Get started at IRS.gov/freefile. Here are four tips about IRS Free File.

1. Free File Does the Hard Work for You. Free File is a partnership between the IRS and leading tax software providers who make their brand-name products available for free. You don’t need to be a tax expert; the software will help find tax breaks for you, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The software asks the questions; you supply the answers. It will find the right tax forms and do the math.

2. Access to Free File products. You must access the Free File products through www.irs.gov to avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing your federal tax return. Once you choose a Free File software product, you'll be directed away from the IRS website to the partner’s site to prepare, print and e-file your federal return – all for free.

3. Free options for all. There is a free option for everyone. People who make $57,000 or less, which includes most Americans, can use the Free File software. People who make more can use Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of IRS paper forms.

IF you are getting a refund, save or invest at least part of the money!

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