Free File is a free electronic tax filing service provided by the federal government to help simplify filing federal taxes, states the IRS. The IRS offers this software for households with annual incomes below $62,000 and Free File fillable forms for households with annual incomes above $62,000 online at IRS.gov.
Before downloading the software or forms, make sure to prepare all the appropriate documents. A guide titled “What You Need to Get Started," which lists the documents and information needed, is available on IRS.gov. Examples of these materials include the Social Security numbers for every person in the household, a record of all income, including Social Security benefits and real estate income, a copy of last year’s tax return and, if necessary, documents and forms related to the Affordable Care Act.