Free File offers two options: easy-to-use software or online fillable forms.
Free File software is for taxpayers who earn $57,000 or less
Here’s how it works: You must access Free File through the IRS website. At www.irs.gov/freefile, there’s an online tool which allows you to give a little information about yourself then guides you to the software for which you are eligible. Or, you can review a complete list of companies and their offerings and make a selection.
Once you select a software product, you will be directed away from the IRS website and onto that company’s website. There, the software will generally offer you a step-by-step guide through the tax preparation process.
Free File does all the hard work. You don’t need to be a tax expert; the software will help find tax breaks, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, that you may be due. The software asks the questions; you supply the answers. It will find the right tax forms and do the math. Free File has a high satisfaction rate among its users, 98 percent recommend it to others. The IRS issues refunds to 98% of electronic filers by direct deposit within 14 days, if there are no problems, and some may be issued in as few as 10 days.
A word about security: All Free File companies use the latest in secure technology. The safety of taxpayer information is everyone’s priority. Thirty-six million taxpayers have safely and securely used Free File since it started in 2003. Some companies provide state tax return software – sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. Some states also have a relationship with the Free File Alliance; those states are listed on the companies’ websites.