Certain states allow residents to file their state tax returns online for free. There are also organizations that prepare and file state returns for residents at no cost.
Twenty-eight states have programs in place for residents to file their state returns. On the Internal Revenue Service website, FreeFile.irs.gov, visitors can check if their state offers free filing. If the service is available, a list of organizations, agencies and websites is included, and visitors can choose the service that best suits their needs.
Nationwide, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program prepares and files state tax returns for free. The IRS website provides a listing of VITA locations in a visitor's local area.