Free online tax filing can save you some good cash when your wallet is slim. Tax time is stressful for some people who worry about whether or not they will have to pay.
The good news for taxpayers is that you just may be able to file your tax return for free this year. Here is a look at who qualifies for special free filing programs, free tax assistance programs, and free tax software as well as information on free online tax filing.
The IRS has partnered with numerous tax software preparation companies in order to offer you this service. Just visit the IRS website and follow the prompts to find a company that will be a good match for you.
After you have completed the questionnaire, you will then be matched with various free tax software packages that fit your needs.
After you are matched with a company, you will be able to fill out your tax forms right from your computer. The system will check for any math errors and once you have completed your return, you can proceed with free online tax filing.
Keep in mind that free file is only for federal returns and only some states participate in this.
These forms do have the functionality to do some basic calculations but are just one step easier than preparing the forms manually. In order to complete these forms you will need to have tax preparation experience since there is no guidance provided. Once you have completed these forms online you will be able to use the free e-file system to submit your federal return.
There are many VITA sites located across the country in neighborhood and community centers, libraries, schools, malls, and other common locations.
The volunteers for this program are typically retired individuals that are associated with a nonprofit group that receives grants from the IRS that cover the out-of-pocket expenses for the individuals providing the help. AARP has over 7,000 locations located across the United States during tax season.
You can locate the closest AARP site by calling (888) 227-7669 or by going to the AARP website.
Military members can receive free tax advice and tax preparation at VITA sites located within their installations. These VITA sites have volunteers that are trained to deal with military specific tax issues.
If you are looking to save money this tax season with free online tax filing, there are many available options. Don't wait until the last moment to get an appointment if you choose to use one of the free assistance programs or free tax software.
Manny Davis is a tax professional and writer that helps individuals file late taxes, setup payment plans, and resolve other tax problems.
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