IRS Free File, available at http://www.irs.gov, makes online tax preparation and e-filing available at no cost to low and middle-income taxpayers.
The program is a public-private partnership between the federal government and private tax preparation companies, including TurboTax maker Intuit. Companies that participate must adhere to strict privacy and security guidelines.
People with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $57,000 or less can select from more than a dozen online tax preparation services. That means about 70 percent of all taxpayers, or 95 million people, are eligible to use these free services.
Additionally, anyone, regardless of their income, can use the Free File Fillable Forms at irs.gov. It’s a free, simple forms utility that’s basically the electronic equivalent of a paper 1040 along with associated schedules and forms. You just type in the numbers and it does the math for you.
Intuit has supported this program for more than a decade. Since the start of the Free File program in 2002, we’ve donated more than 22 million federal and state tax returns through Intuit TurboTax to low and middle-income taxpayers.
For tax year 2012, anyone who has an AGI of $31,000 or less, or is active duty military with an AGI of $57,000 or less, or who qualifies for EITC can use TurboTax Freedom Edition. Please note, Turbotax Online Freedom Edition is not to be confused with our Federal Free file available on TurboTax.com if you don’t meet these qualifications.
TurboTax Tax Freedom Edition also includes free tax advice from CPAs, IRS Enrolled Agents and tax attorneys via chat.
Additionally, through the IRS web site, TurboTax offers free state tax preparation to qualified taxpayers who file returns in 22 states and the District of Columbia that sponsor their own Free File: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
For more information on the Free File program, visit http://www.taxprephelp.org.