January 9, 2020 If you’re filing a tax return for the first time and made $69,000 or less, IRS Free File might be perfect for you. How it works: Go to the Free File page of IRS.gov. Use the look up tool and find the Free File option that's right for you. Select a provider and follow the links to begin your tax return. What first-time filers need to get started: Your Social Security number. Information from your W-2 or Form 1099. Documentation for all tax credits and deductions. Whether your parents are claiming you as a dependent or not. If you file electronically and are over 16, enter 0 for prior-year income.