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IRS Free File 2024: All You Need To Know

The IRS is introducing a free tax filing system called Direct File, allowing users to file their taxes online for free.

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IRS Free File 2024: The IRS has long toyed with the notion of operating its tax filing system, in which anybody could file their taxes for free using the agency’s website. The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act’s funding has helped to make this ambitious objective a reality: For the 2024 tax filing season, a limited number of users in 12 states can participate in a pilot program called Direct File.

There’s still good news for the vast majority of us who are not taking part in the trial. The IRS will continue to offer two additional free tax filing options: Free File and Free File Fillable Forms. Here are more details about the programs, including who can apply and how.

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IRS Free File 2024: What Is It?

The IRS and the Free File Alliance have partnered to create IRS Free File. Under the program, taxpayers who meet certain income requirements can select from a variety of free tax preparation software options. Every year, it is usually accessible from the middle of January, which is the start of tax season, until the October deadline for tax extensions.

On the IRS website, you can peruse the available offers if you meet the income requirements. Prominent commercial brands like TaxSlayer and TaxAct are among the participating providers. According to the alliance, the Free File program should allow approximately 100 million taxpayers, or 70% of all taxpayers, to file their federal returns for free each year.

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If you use Free File, you’ll be directed to one of these companies’ sites to complete your return with step-by-step instructions.

  • 1040Now
  • Drake (
  • (offers both English and Spanish)
  • On-Line Taxes
  • TaxAct
  • TaxHawk (FreeTaxUSA)
  • TaxSlayer

IRS Free File Eligibility

Those who made $79,000 or less in 2023 are eligible to file taxes in 2024. The income limit is your adjusted gross income (AGI), not your gross income, and the income threshold applies to all tax filing statuses.

Certain providers might impose extra conditions, like age restrictions or more stringent income requirements. The free federal offer may not always include state filing, but according to the IRS, over 20 states offered state filing services last year.

It’s important to keep in mind that some states might also have free filing initiatives if you are eligible for a free federal return through Free File but are left with a free state return. Don’t forget to visit the website of your state’s department of revenue and taxes.

How does one use IRS Free File?

The Free File application can complete calculations, provide simple answers, and submit your federal return to the IRS.

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Director of the Free File Alliance Tim Hugo said in a statement, “Our software offers step-by-step help to get your federal taxes done quickly, safely, securely, and at absolutely no cost.”

The program is available for use on a tablet, smartphone, or PC. Both in person and by mail, it is not possible to complete. Free File is also not applicable for filing returns for any year before 2023.

To submit an IRS Free File, you must:

  • Statements of income (W2s, 1099s, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers for you, your spouse, and any dependents who may be relevant
    You can view your adjusted gross income on your 2021 tax return.

After obtaining your documentation, take the following actions:

  1. Visit the website for IRS Free File.
  2. Select the option to “Use Free Guided Tax Preparation.” Next, use the “Find Your Trusted Partner” tool to locate an offer for the ideal product. As an alternative, you can examine each offer by using the Browse All Trusted Partners tool.
  3. Decide which product is best for you.
  4. To start your tax return, click the links to visit the provider’s website.

Is IRS Free File free?

According to the IRS, a Free File program participant cannot demand that you buy any goods or services in exchange for them preparing your federal tax return.

It might cost you to submit a state return.

For additional tax advice, see How to Calculate Your 2024 Tax Refund and The Quickest Way to Receive Your 2024 Tax Refund.

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