E-file and direct deposit help expedite tax refunds

Updated 6/4/24: This ready to use article has been updated to include the current adjusted gross income amount.

January 13, 2022

You should file electronically using direct deposit as soon as you have everything you need to file an accurate return. Here's why electronic filing is best.

E-file software helps you avoid mistakes by doing the math. It guides you through each section of your tax return using a question-and-answer format. The IRS incorporated recent changes to the tax laws into forms and instructions like the 1040 and 1040-SR. The agency shared these updates with its partners to ensure e-file software is accurate.

You qualify to prepare and e-file your federal income tax return for free through IRS Free File if your adjusted gross income is $79,000 or less. You may also qualify to have your taxes e-filed for free through IRS volunteer programs. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax preparation to people who generally earned $58,000 or less. Tax Counseling for the Elderly generally helps people who are age 60 or older.