IRS Direct File pilot

File your 2023 federal tax return online for free, directly with IRS with the IRS Direct File pilot.

You can use it if you:

File online for free with IRS Direct File

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If you need help, you can chat live with one of our customer service representatives Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

Our Direct File pilot representatives offer technical support and answer basic tax law questions in English and Spanish. They can’t access your IRS account data. They will send you to other IRS help for questions or issues beyond the Direct File pilot

Direct File walks you through the processes of preparing your return.  You’ll follow a step-by-step checklist that guides you through filing and helps you easily track your progress. When you finish, Direct File shows you a clear summary of your 2023 federal taxes based on the information you entered.

Preview how Direct File guides you through the process and other key features with our IRS Direct File Pilot Overview YouTube videos in English and Spanish.

  You may be eligible to use Direct File if you lived in one of these pilot states in 2023:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington state
  • Wyoming

You can’t use Direct File pilot if you did not live in one of the 12 participating states in 2023.

State returns in Arizona, California, Massachusetts and New York

The Direct File pilot doesn't prepare state returns. However, if you live in Arizona, California, Massachusetts or New York, the Direct File pilot guides you to a state-supported tool you can use to prepare and file your state tax return.

If you live in Washington state, Direct File guides you to a state site where you can apply for the Working Families Tax Credit when you file your federal return with the Direct File pilot.

You may be eligible to join the pilot if you live in a pilot state and report these items on your 2023 federal tax return:

You may be eligible to join the pilot if you report these income types on your 2023 federal tax return:

You can’t use Direct File if you have other types of income, such as gig economy or business income.


You can’t use Direct File if you claim other credits like the Child and Dependent Care Credit
Saver's Credit or the Premium Tax Credit.


You can’t use Direct File if you itemize deductions.

You'll need to verify your identity and securely sign in to file your return with the Direct File pilot.

The IRS lets you access most tax tools with one account using the same login and password. For example, if you already have an IRS online account, you can use it for the pilot. If not, you will be directed to create an account to verify your identity. Once your identity is verified, you can start preparing your return with Direct File.