Take Advantage of Free Tax Return Preparation

Many people with less complex returns can do both their federal and state tax returns for free online through Free File offered either by the IRS or by states that have a similar public-private partnership. Inidivuals whose prior-year adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less can use IRS Free File. Generally, individuals must complete their federal tax return before they can begin their state taxes. More than 20 states also have a state Free File program patterned after federal partnership, which means many taxpayers are eligible for free federal and free state online tax preparation. Moreover, for residents of Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming, IRS Free File may be the only tax product required. Those states do not have an income tax.  To take use of Free File:

  • go to IRS.gov/FreeFile to see all Free File options;

  • browse each of the 10 offers or use a "look up" tool to find the right product;

  • select a provider and follow the links to their web page to begin the tax return; and

  • complete and e-File the tax return only if the taxpayer has all the income and deduction records needed.

Free File partners charge a fee for state tax return preparation unless their offer outlines upfront that the taxpayer can file both federal and state returns for free. Finally, if an individual wishes to use one of the state Free File program products, they can visit their state tax agency’s Free File page.

Of course if you have more complex issues and do not meet the free file requirements you should consult a tax professional to do your tax return.   Contact Wilson Tax Law Group if you require assistance with tax filings or issues before the IRS or FTB at 949.397-2292.

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