Did you know that 70 percent of Americans are eligible to file their federal taxes for free online?
If your adjusted gross income (AGI) was $72,000 or less than you can use one of the Free File IRS partner offers. Some of the programs offer free state returns too.
The IRS has a Free File Online Lookup Tool that can help you find an offer that you qualify for.
About the IRS Free File Program
IRS Free File is a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance. The Free File Alliance is a group of private-sector tax preparation companies that agreed to provide free commercial online tax preparation and electronic filing. After you choose a program from the IRS website, then you will be redirected to the provider’s website.
What is free?
According to the IRS, if you qualify for the Free File federal return offer you must not be charged for preparation and e-filing of a federal tax return. You could still be charged fees for state taxes, but the company must say that you’ll be charged those fees.
Are these programs safe?
The IRS says that yes, they are. Your information is protected from unauthorized access while it’s sent to the IRS. The companies may not disclose or use your tax return information without your informed consent. The companies are also subject to the Federal Trade Commission Privacy and Safeguards Rules and IRS e-file regulations, according to the IRS.
Reply All podcast “#144 Dark Pattern” takes an in-depth look at the politics behind tax preparation inspired by reports by ProPublica. You can listen to that podcast below. The podcast was posted on June 27, 2019.