What Is IRS Free File?
The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry leaders who provide their brand-name products for free. It provides two ways for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax online for free:
Guided Tax Preparation provides free online tax preparation and filing at an IRS partner site. The partners deliver this service at no cost to qualifying taxpayers. Only taxpayers whose AGI is $73,000 or less qualify for a free Federal tax return using IRS Free File guided tax preparation.
Free File Fillable Forms are electronic federal tax forms, equivalent to a paper 1040 form, you fill out online for free. If you choose this option, you will need to know how to prepare your own tax return. It is the only IRS Free File option available for taxpayers whose income (AGI) is greater than $73,000.
How to Access The Free Tax Programs:
To take advantage of the free federal tax return, you must select an IRS Free File provider from the Browse All Offers page or your Online Lookup Tool results.
To prepare and file your return, you need to create an account at the IRS Free File provider’s website that you accessed via IRS.gov.
Please note that an account created at the IRS partner’s commercial tax preparation website does NOT work with IRS Free File: unless you access the provider’s Free File site as instructed above.