Options for e-filing your tax returns—safely, quickly, and easily.

Why do 85% of Americans file their taxes electronically.

IRS efile

IRS e-file: It’s Safe. It’s Easy. It’s Time.

Joining the more than 125 million Americans who already are using e-file is easy. Just ask your paid or volunteer tax preparer, use commercial software, or use Free File. IRS e-file is the safest, most secure way to transmit your tax return to the IRS. Since 1990, the IRS has processed nearly 900 million e-filed tax returns safely and securely. There’s no paper return to be lost or stolen.
Most tax return preparers are now required to use IRS e-file. If you are asked if you want to e-file, give it a try. IRS e-file is now the norm, not the exception. Most states also use electronic filing.

Free e-file Help Available Nationwide

The VITA program offers free tax help for low to moderate income (under $xx,000 in adjusted gross income) taxpayers who need help preparing their tax returns. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program provides free tax help to people age 60 and older. At selected sites, taxpayers can input and electronically file their own tax return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer.


Do Your Taxes for Free

If your adjusted gross income was $xx,000 or less in 2016, you can use free tax software to prepare and e-file your tax return. Earned more? Use Free File Fillable Forms.

Free File

This public-private partnership, between the IRS and tax software providers, makes approximately 15 brand name commercial software products and e-file available for free. Seventy percent of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible.
Just visit IRS.gov/freefile for details. Free File combines all the benefits of e-file and easy-to-use software at no cost. Guided questions will help ensure you get all the tax credits and deductions you are due. It’s fast, safe, and free.
You can review each provider’s eligibility rules or use an online tool to find those software products that match your situation. Some providers offer state tax return preparation either for a fee or for free. Free File also is available in English and Spanish.

Free File Fillable Forms

The IRS offers electronic versions of IRS paper forms that also can be e-filed for free. Free File Fillable Forms is best for people experienced in preparing their own tax returns. There are no income limitations. Free File Fillable Forms does basic math calculations. It supports only federal tax forms.
IRS.gov is the gateway to all electronic services offered by the IRS, as well as the spot to download forms at IRS.gov/formspubs.

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