IRS Extends Free File Program


The IRS has signed a five-year extension for the Free File program, the public-private partnership between the federal government and about 20 private tax preparation companies, including TurboTax, maker Intuit.

This year, the Free File Alliance and the IRS have agreed to important improvements to the program that establish higher standards for disclosure of state pricing and marketing. We fully support these reforms that further strengthen the Free File Program as a consumer ‘safe zone’ that bans all sales, marketing and advertising of ‘non-tax preparation’ products/services.

Intuit is continuing our long-standing involvement in the Free File Program as an important philanthropic, public-private partnership that delivers online tax services to lower- and middle-income taxpayers who need it most.

We have supported this program for nearly a decade. In that time, we’ve donated more than 20 million federal and state tax returns through TurboTax Online to those who need it most.

For tax year 2009, the IRS and the Free File Alliance will again offer the Free File Fillable Forms (FFFF). It’s a free, simple forms utility available on that anyone can use. The forms utility is the electronic equivalent of a paper 1040 along with associated schedules and forms. Taxpayers can choose the forms they need and fill them in. The utility performs basic math and enables taxpayers to electronically file and/or print their forms.

Additionally, more than 70 percent of all taxpayers – or about 95 million people – with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $57,000 or less qualify for the overall Free File program.

For tax year 2009, the TurboTax free offer in the Free File Program is open to all taxpayers who qualify for EITC, active duty military with an AGI of $57,000 or less, plus all other taxpayers with an AGI of $31,000 or less.  Additionally, through the IRS web site, TurboTax offers free state tax preparation to qualified taxpayers in 20 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and West Virginia.

We’re proud to be part of the Free File program, bringing easy to use online tax preparation services to those who need it most – for free.

Comments (10) Leave your comment

  1. Why when I got to the end I was charged $49.95 to file and then the add’l $29.95 since I don’t have a credit card? I thought it was free to file if AGI is below $57,ooo?

    1. You may have misunderstood all the gobbligook unclear math, so that is the first point that you obviously failed to understand. Although like so many others who ending up paying more than they understood that they would… ie when you are told that something is free when your income is above 57,000 then you obviously didn’t understand that only the E filing fee would be free. When you clicked on the Basic or above services, there would be additional charges that you owe. Once they finished tallying up all the extra services you must have requested while filling out the forms, then you were charged for those services. So, if the charges added up to what you ended up paying, then you obviously asked for those services because you agreed by paying, didn’t you??

    1. Thomas, the sun may be shining at this moment, somewhere around the globe, but the gathering storm against the globalists is close at hand. Freemen will not capitulate to tyranny nor will they show obeisance to despots, unlike the current resident of the people’s house! Taxing for the sake of creating deeper subservience by the masses will not a balanced budget make, nor will it even attend to the crisis of this nation’s owed interest on the national debt. So, I would submit, that the people just renege on their inadequate ransom and permit the FED just print the needed payment and continue the course that they are already have been pursuing and hold them accountable for the demise of the US economy as they are the ones who have positioned us all here!

  2. I just want to know if I could do my Federal taxes first, and in a week do my state taxes, when I have money in my bank account.

    Or do I have to wait until I have money in my bank account to do my Federal and State taxes

    at the same time. I live in Washington, DC, and I think that there is a filing charge for State taxes.

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