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All restrictions have been removed. For the first time, anyone that uses the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website will be able to prepare and file their taxes electronically free of charge.

While some people could use the Free File tax program set up between the IRS and private tax preparers to file their taxes for free in the past, the free filing was limited to those who met specific age, income and residence requirements set by each tax preparer. This year, however, three of the private tax preparers - Turbo Tax, TaxACT.com and eSmartTax - decided to scrap all restrictions meaning that anyone who wants to can now prepare and file their taxes electronically for free. This move lead many of the other tax prepares to follow suit.



The Free File program was established due to the government wanting to encourage more taxpayers to file electronic returns since electronic tax returns are much cheaper for the IRS to process. Tax software preparations companies, afraid that the government would create its own tax preparation software, agreed to the Free File tax filing partnership to avoid this from happening and thus ensuring they remained in the tax preparation loop.

The Free File tax preparation program agreement between the IRS and private tax preparers requires that the participating tax companies, as a whole, to provide at least 60% of taxpayers free online tax preparation and filing access. The IRS doesn't spell out any specific rules for the private tax preparation companies and won't as long as the 60% goal is met each year.

By using Free File tax preparation program through the IRS website, taxpayers don't need to purchase expensive tax preparation software or pay any fees to file their return electronically. To qualify for this free service, however, you must go through the IRS website. If you go directly to the tax preparation website you will be charged $19.95 or more for the exact same service. To use the IRS Free File program, go to www.irs.gov, click on "Free File" link and then on any of the tax services that offer the service for free to anyone.




While the government likes electronic filing because of the cost reductions, it also offers advantages to taxpayers. Filing electronically often helps taxpayers catch common tax preparation errors saving them both time and money. It also allows for taxpayers to receive their tax refunds much more quickly.

All the services in the Free File tax program are tested by the IRS for security and accuracy, but the IRS does not endorse any of the tax products or other services offered for sale by the participating companies.


***** Free File Tax Partners *****


EFILE TAX RETURNS, INC: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $28,000 OR more.

OnLineTaxes.com: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

FileYourTaxes.com: Free federal tax prep & eFile if you live in AZ, CA, DE, GA, IL, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, VA, WI. Also qualify if age 18 OR less.

FREE TAX RETURN: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $32,000 OR Less.

eSmartTax: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

TurboTax®: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

TaxACT.com: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.
TaxEngine.com: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

FreeTaxUSA.com: Free federal online tax preparation & e-filing if you live in AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, IN, LA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, UT, or VA.

TAXSLAYER.com: Free tax prep & e-file if you are age 25 OR younger OR 61 or older, OR active in the military, OR if you qualify for the EITC.

Taxnet™.com: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

Tax$imple.com: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

CompleteTax.com: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $28,500 OR less.

H&R Block: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers. No restrictions. Everyone qualifies.

123EasyTaxFiling.com: Free federal online tax prep and e-filing if you use the Form 1040EZ OR 1040A AND have adjusted gross income of $30,100 OR less.

Online Tax Pros: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $30,000 OR Less.

MaxBack Software©: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you use the Form 1040EZ AND if you have AGI of $100,000 OR Less.

1040Now.net: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you are eligible to use Form 1040EZ or if you have AGI of $100,000 OR more.

Braman Tax Services: Free federal online tax preparation and e-filing if you have a federal refund less than $500.

ezTaxReturn.com: Free federal online tax prep and e-file of Form 1040EZ if you have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $40,000 OR Less AND just one W-2.

Source: IRS.gov

 
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