Wondering where to find free online tax preparation and e-filing? The IRS is once again offering its Free File Alliance program. The program makes online tax preparation and e-filing available at no cost to low and middle-income taxpayers.
IRS Free File Alliance is a public-private partnership between the federal government and private tax preparation companies, including TurboTax maker Intuit.
What are the qualifications?
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.
Intuit has supported the Tax Freedom Edition for nearly a decade. In that time, we’ve donated more than 22 million federal and state tax returns through TurboTax Tax Freedom Online to low and middle-income taxpayers.
For tax year 2011, anyone who qualifies for EITC, or is on active duty military with an AGI of $57,000 or less, or has an AGI of $31,000 or less can use TurboTax Online Tax Freedom Edition. Please note, Turbotax Online Freedom Edition is not to be confused with our Free file available on TurboTax.com if you don’t meet these qualifications.
This year, TurboTax Online Tax Freedom Edition includes free tax advice from CPAs, IRS Enrolled Agents and tax attorneys via phone or chat. TurboTax is the only tax software to offer live one-to-one tax advice to everyone.
Through the TurboTax Online Tax Freedom Edition site, TurboTax also offers free state tax preparation to qualified taxpayers who file returns in 22 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, 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.
Free Fillable IRS Forms
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.