If you watch television, browse the web, or even listen to the radio, you’ve heard them: tax preparation apps promising to help you file your taxes for free. Try to actually use those apps, however, and it doesn’t take long before they ask you for money.
You might think your only option is to go along with that, but if you earned less than $66,000, there’s actually an official, truly free method: IRS Free File. This is a partnership between the IRS and several different tax preperation companies, and it offers you free software for working out and filing your taxes online. Companies like TurboTax and H&R Block are here, offering free versions of their software that won’t try to upsell you.
And even if you earn more than $66,0000, there are free fillable forms available that anyone can use to file their own taxes online. Here’s where to find these programs, and why they exist.
If You Earned $66,000 or Less: Free Tax Software
Not everyone knows this, but tax software companies including TurboTax and H&R Block offer free versions of their software to the majority of US taxpayers. Because we’re talking about taxes, however, things are a little more complicated than they need to be: different companies offer the free software to different people, and it can be complicated…
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