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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Free File

What is Free File? Free File is a free service that offers free federal tax preparation and e-file options for all taxpayers. Free File is made possible through the Free File Alliance, LLC, a public-private partnership between the IRS and commercial tax software companies. All taxpayers have a Free File option.

Who can use Free File? Everyone can use IRS Free File. If your adjusted gross income was $58,000 or less in 2010, use brand-name software to do your taxes for free. If your income was more, use Free File Fillable Forms. Both options allow taxpayers to prepare and e-file their taxes for free.

Why should I use Free File? Taxes can be, well, taxing. Free File does the hard work for you. There’s no need for you to be a tax expert. Software provides step-by-step guidance. You get a more accurate tax return. It helps you get the tax credit and deductions you’re due. And, you can transmit your return electronically for free with IRS e-file. Best of all, if you use e-file and select direct deposit, you can get your refund in as few as 10 days.

How do you get started? To learn more about Free File and your free filing options, visit our website at freefile.IRS.gov. Once you’re ready to file your federal taxes, you’ll be directed to the IRS.gov Free File page at www.IRS.gov/freefile, where you can choose a company or let us help you choose which program is best suited to your needs.

Will Free File help me choose which program is best for me? Yes. There are 20 software companies that participate in the Free File Alliance. Each company has unique offerings, so you can find the program that works best for you. Select “Help me choose a company” at www.IRS.gov/freefile. By answering a few simple questions, the IRS will narrow your options and direct you to the best software program for your situation.

Are there free state tax-filing options? IRS Free File is for the preparation and filing of federal taxes. There are currently 21 states that offer free state tax preparation and filing options.

What is AGI? Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is the amount of household income after certain deductions. For a list of eligible deductions, please reference www.IRS.gov.

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