File Taxes for Free

Did you know that you can file taxes for free? The Free File Alliance is a group of tax preparation companies that provide free electronic tax filing services to United States taxpayers meeting certain guidelines.

These companies operate a public-private partnership with the Internal Revenue Service.

Free file software vs. free file forms

In order to qualify for Free File Software, taxpayers must have an adjusted gross income of less than $69,000.

IRS Free File Software provides free federal tax prep and e-file for taxpayers.

After selecting a brand name software program and creating your account, the software then takes you through return preparation.

Free File Fillable Forms are are available to those with adjusted gross incomes of more than $69,000.

While the math will be automatically calculated, you must know how to do taxes yourself. It’s not recommended for those without significant tax preparation experience.

List of IRS Free File software providers

The following providers offer FREE electronic filing for those meeting qualifications.

Note that you can only file your current year tax return for free and some providers will charge for state returns.

TaxAct

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $59,000 or less AND your age is 56 or younger, OR
  • You are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Same criteria apply when filing with a foreign address
  • Free state return if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

TurboTax

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $36,000 or less, AND any age, OR
  • You are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Same criteria apply when filing with a foreign address
  • Free state return if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

TaxSlayer®

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $69,000 or less AND your age is 51 or younger, OR
  • You are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Same criteria apply when filing with a foreign address
  • Free state return, for some states, if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

Online Taxes at OLT.com

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is between $14,000 and $69,000, AND any age, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Same criteria apply when filing with a foreign address
  • Free state return if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

1040NOW

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $69,000 or less and you live in one of the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, GA, IA, ID, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, VA, VT or WV
  • OR
  • Your AGI is $68,000 or less and you live in CO, CT, DC, DE, HI, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MT, NE, NJ, NM, OH, PA, UT or WI.
  • OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • No free state tax preparation in any states
  • Mobile device friendly

Free 1040 Tax Return

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $69,000 or less, AND
  • Your age is 70 or younger, AND
  • Live in any state, EXCEPT: DC, FL, IN, LA, MT, NH, NM, NV, RI, SD, TN, TX or WA

OR

  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Free state return, for some states, if you qualify for the federal return

FileYourTaxes.com

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Adjusted Gross Income is between $9,000 and $69,000, AND your age is 65 or younger, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Same criteria apply when filing with a foreign address
  • Free state return, for some states, if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

ezTaxReturn.com

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $69,000 or less, AND any AGE, AND
  • You live in one of the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, or WI
  • No free state tax preparation in any states.
  • Mobile device friendly

FreeTaxUSA

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $36,000 or less, AND any age, OR
  • You are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Free state return, for some states, if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

H&R Block

Receive a free Federal return if:

  • Your Adjusted Gross Income is $69,000 or less, AND your age is between 17 and 51, OR
  • You are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, OR
  • Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less
  • Same criteria apply when filing with a foreign address
  • Free state return if you qualify for the federal return
  • Mobile device friendly

You can also use this IRS tool to find a listing of free file programs that you qualify for.

How to use free file fillable forms

Taxpayers with more than $69,000 AGI do not qualify for free file software, but they do qualify for free file fillable forms.

Free file fillable forms can be accessed here.