In this series:

How to file your taxes: step by step
Check if you need to file
Gather your documents
Get credits and deductions
File your return
Get your refund
Pay taxes on time
Be ready to file taxes next year

Steps to file

Use these steps and resources to make filing your Form 1040 easier.

Even if you don't have to file a tax return, you may want to file. You may get money back:

If you owe tax, it's important to file and pay on time to avoid penalties and interest.

Find the latest tax changes

Ready to file now?

 File with an IRS Free File partner

IRS Direct File is closed as of April 21, 2024.

If you need more time to file

If you need more time, you must request an extension by the April filing deadline.

Remember, an extension of time to file is not an extension to pay taxes you owe. Pay any taxes due by the filing deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

Get help from IRS-certified volunteers

Get free tax prep help if any of these apply to you:

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

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