Is it free to file federal taxes online?


Quick Answer

There are several online services that allow taxpayers to file their federal income taxes for free; the Internal Revenue Service offers a tax preparation service that is free for almost everyone. This service is called Free File.

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Free File works in conjunction with brand name software or forms located online to make tax preparation simple and accurate. People who earned an income below $60,000 can use Free File software, and those who earned more than $60,000 can fill out their tax forms online.

The free tax preparation software will also help taxpayers fill out state income tax returns. People filling out online forms will need to have some tax filing knowledge because the forms only perform calculations and will not walk users through the tax filing process.

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