The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is testing a new free tax filing software program that could make it easier for millions of Americans to file their taxes. The program, called IRS Free File, is a public-private partnership between the IRS and a group of tax preparation companies.
IRS Free File is available to taxpayers who meet certain income requirements. In 2023, the income limit for individuals is $73,000 and $117,000 for married couples filing jointly. Taxpayers who qualify can use IRS Free File to prepare and file their federal income tax returns online (for free — in case that wasn’t clear).
This isn’t necessarily new; the IRS has been testing the free filing system since 2019. In 2022, the program was used by more than 10 million taxpayers. At this rate however, the IRS expects the service to be used by even more taxpayers in 2024 (still aggregating 2023 data).
Benefits of IRS Free File
There are a number of benefits to using IRS Free File. First and most obviously, it is free. Taxpayers do not have to pay any fees to prepare or file their federal income tax returns using IRS Free File. Take note that this is unlike TurboTax which required a payment and has been sued for wrongly claiming its free.
Second, IRS Free File is easy to use. The software is designed to be user-friendly, even for taxpayers who have never filed their taxes before.
Third, IRS Free File is secure. The software uses the latest security features to protect taxpayer data.
If you are eligible for IRS Free File, you can use it to prepare and file your federal income tax returns online. To get started, visit the IRS Free File.
How to use IRS Free File
Simply visit the site and you’ll be able to create an account to prepare your tax return.
Who is eligible for IRS Free File?
To be eligible for IRS Free File, you must meet the following income requirements:
- Individuals: $73,000 or less
- Married couples filing jointly: $117,000 or less
If you are not sure if you are eligible for IRS Free File, you can use the IRS Free File eligibility checker on the IRS Free File website.
IRS Free File is a great option for taxpayers who are looking for a free, easy to use, and secure way to file their federal income tax returns. If you are eligible, give it a try in 2024.