The Internal Revenue Service has joined forces with 15 private-sector tax software companies to continue to make free tax preparation software available to taxpayers, the agency announced Friday in an emailed news release.
Called Free File, the software packages are available to anyone with an adjusted gross income of less than $57,000.
The software’s “question and answer format will help you find tax breaks, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit,” the IRS said. “The software selects the appropriate tax form and does the calculations for you.”
The software also uses encryption codes to assure privacy, the IRS said.
Requirements to use specific tax packages vary. To find one compatible with your age, state of residence and language, read the IRS list of software providers.
The IRS also offers an interactive question-and-answer page that will help you find the free software that may be best for you.
“To avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing your federal tax return, you must access Free File through the IRS.gov website,” according to the IRS. “Once you choose a Free File company, you will be directed to their website to prepare, print and e-file your return.”