Tax Deadlines Changed The deadlines to file and pay most federal income taxes are extended to May 17, 2021. Get details on the new tax deadlines and on coronavirus tax relief and Economic Impact Payments. Need to file an extension? If you need additional time to file beyond the May 17 deadline, you can request a filing extension until October 15 by filing Form 4868 through your tax professional, tax software or using Free File. Filing Form 4868 gives you until October 15 to file your 2020 tax return but does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. You should pay your federal income tax due by May 17, 2021, to avoid interest and penalties. If you did not get the full Economic Impact Payment, you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit using IRS Free File. If you did not get any payments or got less than the full amounts, you may qualify for the credit, even if you do not normally file taxes. See Recovery Rebate Credit for more information. Body IRS Free File lets you prepare and file your federal income tax online for free. File at an IRS partner site with the IRS Free File Program or use Free File Fillable Forms. It's safe, easy and no cost to you. Pick an option based on your income Income $72,000 and below: Free federal tax filing on an IRS partner site State tax filing (free with some offers) Guided preparation – simply answer questions Online service does all the math Choose an IRS Free File Offer Income above $72,000: Free electronic forms you fill out and file yourself No state tax filing You should know how to prepare paper forms Basic calculations with limited guidance Use Free File Fillable Forms What Is IRS Free File? The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry leaders who provide their brand-name products for free. It provides two ways for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax online for free: Traditional IRS Free File provides free online tax preparation and filing options on IRS partner sites. Our partners are online tax preparation companies that develop and deliver this service at no cost to qualifying taxpayers. Please note, only taxpayers whose adjusted gross income (or AGI) is $72,000 or less qualify for any IRS Free File partner offers. Free File Fillable Forms are electronic federal tax forms you can fill out and file online for free. If you choose this option, you should know how to prepare your own tax return. Please note, it is the only IRS Free File option available for taxpayers whose income (AGI) is greater than $72,000. Find what you need to get started, your protections and security, available forms and more about IRS Free File below. How Free File Offers Work Choose an IRS Free File option from a partner company, prepare and file your federal tax return on their site, and get an email when we accept your return. IRS Free File Program offers the most commonly filed forms and schedules for taxpayers. About IRS Free File Partnership with Online Tax Preparation Companies The IRS Free File program is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of leading tax preparation software companies. IRS Free File partners are online tax preparation companies that offer what is called the “IRS Free File” program, which provides free electronic tax preparation and filing of federal tax returns at no cost to qualifying taxpayers (some may also offer free state returns). The IRS Free File program PPP is not a traditional contractual arrangement; this partnership represents a balance of joint responsibility and collaboration that serves the interests of taxpayers and the Federal government. The online tax preparation software partners are part of the Free File Alliance, which coordinates with the IRS to provide free electronic federal tax preparation and filing to you. This non-profit, public-private partnership is dedicated to helping millions of people prepare and file their federal taxes online for free. The IRS does not endorse any individual partner company. What You Need to Get Started Personal Information You Need A copy of last year's tax return in order to access your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Valid Social Security numbers for yourself, your spouse, and any dependent, if applicable Income and Receipts Social Security benefits Unemployment Compensation All receipts pertaining to your small business, if applicable Income receipts from rental, real estate, royalties, partnerships, S corporation, trusts Other income W-2s, showing your annual wages from all of your employers Form 1099-INT, showing interest paid to you throughout the year Form 1099-G, showing any refund, credit or offset of state and local taxes Forms 1099-DIV and 1099-R, showing dividends and distributions from retirement and other plans paid to you during the year ACA Filers Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. For more information see Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Provisions. Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit File Electronically Verify your identity by using your 2019 AGI. If you created a 2019 personal identification number, that will work too. The personal identification number required that you create a five-digit PIN that could be any five numbers (except all zeros) that you choose which serves as your electronic signature. Don't have your AGI or PIN? If you do not have a copy of your 2019 tax return, you may use the IRS Get Transcript self-help tools to get a tax return transcript showing your AGI. You have two options: Online: Select the Tax Return Transcript and use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry. Secure Access: How to Register for Certain Online Self-Help Tools provides you with the information you need to make the request. By Mail: Please allow 5 to 10 days for delivery. Use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry. Contact Information To get a notification from the Free File software company that your return was accepted by IRS, you need a valid email address. Information Safety Your information is protected from any unauthorized access while it is sent to the IRS. Free File partner companies may not disclose or use tax return information for purposes other than tax return preparation without your informed and voluntary consent. These companies are also subject to the Federal Trade Commission Privacy and Safeguards Rules and IRS e-file regulations. We do not collect or retain information about you when you use IRS Free File. Our policy prohibits the use of permanent Internet cookies. We sometimes use “temporary” or “session” cookies to make sure you are the correct recipient of information you requested. These are deleted when your Internet visit ends. The Benefits of the Free File Program to You You can obtain a free federal tax return: If you are new to Free File, you can choose a Free File company’s Free File offer based on your review of the offer qualifications listed on IRS.gov. If you choose a program and qualify, you will not be charged for preparation and e-filing of a federal tax return. If you used IRS Free File last year, you may receive an email from the same company that you used, welcoming you back to their official IRS Free File services. The email should include a link to the company’s IRS Free File site and explain how to file with it. If you choose this email link and qualify, you will not be charged for preparation and e-filing of a federal tax return. Fees to file your federal return are prohibited: No participant in the Free File Program will charge you anything to file your federal tax return, if you quality for a Free File offer. You will not be asked to buy any products or services in exchange for having your Federal tax return prepared by the Free File program participant. (Taxpayers who choose to pay a balance due with a credit card may be charged a user fee.) Financial products with fees are not a part of Free File. As part of IRS Free File, you must not be offered financial products that often carry product fees. Free state returns may be available: Some IRS Free File Program partner companies offer free state tax preparation. Others charge a state fee. Be sure to read each company’s information carefully. Each Free File Company Guarantees the Accuracy of the Return Calculations: Each company lists this guarantee on its Free File website. You can pursue any accuracy concerns directly with the company that prepared your return. You have choices: If you don’t qualify for an IRS Free File offer after visiting a company’s Free File website, you will be provided a choice to return to the IRS.gov Free File website to seek a Free File offer that may meet your needs. Each IRS Free File company will provide you information when you don’t qualify, with a link back to the IRS.gov Free File site, or the option to pay a fee and e-file your return. Seek help if you need it: If you need help when you are at a company’s IRS Free File site and doing your taxes, you may refer to the company’s free customer service options. IRS can help find a free option for you. IRS Free File has an IRS Free File online look-up tool to help you find an offer that best meets your needs. Share Your Free File Experience. If you have a comment or suggestion about the IRS Free File Program contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This mailbox only handles suggestions, feedback or concerns about the Free File program. For questions about your Free File tax return or tax law contact your provider’s customer service. Non-Free File topics submitted will not receive a response. Do NOT email ANY personal information, such as a Social Security number, date of birthday, bank account information, tax returns or a home/office address. If your question is regarding the Free File Fillable Forms Program, please visit the User’s Guide. Questions or concerns regarding Fillable Forms will not receive a response. Prior-Year Returns Please note you can only file your current year tax return using IRS Free File. You cannot process a prior year return using IRS Free File. Prior year returns can only be filed electronically by registered tax preparers for the two previous tax years. The IRS does not allow electronic filing for prior year returns through self-preparation websites. You must print, sign, and mail prior year returns. Our Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications can help you find preparers in your area who currently hold professional credentials recognized by the IRS, or who hold an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion. You can also check the professional organizations many tax preparers belong to. Related Tools and Information To view your balance owed, payment history or other information from your tax account, create or view your account. Get up-to-date information on your refund. Always remember to print your return after you successfully file online. If you forget to print your return, you can order a free transcript. Depending on the type of transcript you request, you'll get more or less of the information from your return. You can use Direct Pay to pay your individual tax bill or estimated tax payment from your checking or savings account for free. Get a replacement Social Security benefit statement Form SSA-1099 online. Don’t have a bank account? To find a bank with an online account that’s right for you, check the FDIC website. If you’re a veteran, find options with the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP). You can also ask your tax preparer for electronic payment options.