Free tax filing options for families

IRS Tax Tip 2023-40, March 28, 2023

Raising a family is expensive, so it's important to save money wherever possible. One way to do this is by using IRS Free File to prepare tax returns. IRS Free File offers online tax preparation software, electronic filing and direct deposit of refunds at no cost.

The software can help eligible families find tax benefits that can reduce the amount of tax they owe or increase the amount of their refund.

Some things for taxpayers to know about IRS Free File and the tax benefits that can put money in their pockets:

  • IRS Free File tax preparation software is available to taxpayers and families whose 2022 total adjusted gross income was $73,000 or less. Products are available in English and Spanish.
  • Using IRS Free File software can help taxpayers find and calculate valuable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Credit.
  • Any individual or married couple that meets the income limitation is potentially eligible, and IRS Free File can also handle complex tax returns.
  • IRS Free File is available only on Taxpayers can browse trusted IRS Free File providers or use the lookup tool in the application to help find the product that best meets their needs.
  • Each IRS Free File partner sets its own eligibility standards generally based on income, age and state residency. All taxpayers who meet the $73,000 income limit will find at least one free product to use.
  • Taxpayers can use IRS Free File to file their taxes on any personal computer, tablet or smart phone.

Other options

MilTax online software is available for members of the military and certain veterans, regardless of income, and is offered through the Department of Defense. Eligible taxpayers can use MilTax to prepare and electronically file their federal tax returns and up to three state returns for free.

Qualified taxpayers can also find free one-on-one tax preparation help nationwide through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.

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