E-file options to file your return

E-filing is fast, easy and secure. Tax software guides you through the process. If you owe taxes, you can schedule an automatic payment from your bank account.

If you e-file and choose direct deposit, you’ll get your refund faster.

E-file options

File with an IRS Free File partner

Option A: Browse IRS’s trusted partners and file for free using their tax software if you:

  • Have adjusted gross income of $79,000 or less
  • Meet other criteria

Option B: Use IRS fillable forms to file for free

E-file using online tax forms. You can use this option no matter how much you earn.

Try IRS Free File

Get free IRS help

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help and e-file for taxpayers who

  • Earn $64,000 or less
  • Have a disability
  • Need language support
  • Are 60 years or older

Get help through VITA and TCE

Use tax preparation software

Prepare and e-file your taxes with tax preparation software of your choice. You may be able to pay electronically too. The software you choose submits your return securely to the IRS.

E-file with tax preparation software

Find a tax preparer authorized to e-file

Search our online database to find an authorized IRS e-file provider. To search:

  • Enter your 5-digit ZIP code or
  • Select a state or U.S. territory

Find an e-file provider

IRS Direct File is closed as of April 21, 2024

If you filed your taxes with Direct File, sign-in securely to your Direct File account to view and download your return.

Go to IRS Direct File


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