Freefile. IRS offers free, online filing for federal income tax


Freefile, from the IRS and private tax software companies provides a free, easy way for most taxpayers to file online.

Those who make less than $58,000 adjusted gross income can choose several ways to file federal income tax using software from private vendors for free. Those making more than $58,000 can use about 1000 free fillable forms to file online. Unless your return is hideously complicated, you can probably do it all online, for free.

From their press release:

Comprehensive tax preparation and e-filing is available to 70 percent of taxpayers, thanks to Free File – a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies called the Free File Alliance.

Free File has already saved taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion in preparation and filing costs since the program began in 2003. Free File Alliance member companies have continually worked with the IRS to strengthen the Free File program, and taxpayers have consistently reported that it is user-friendly and efficient. Responding to a 2009 IRS survey, 96 percent of users said they found Free File easy to use, while 98 percent said they would recommend the program to others.