Woman filing taxes for free using IRS Direct File

Can You File Your Taxes for Free?

Tax time is coming! This year, taxes are due on Monday, April 15, 2024.

The IRS has launched the IRS Direct File. This is a pilot program that allows people to file their taxes for free, directly with the IRS. There is no software that you have to buy.

But this pilot program is only currently open to people who live in these states: Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

Am I eligible to use the IRS Direct File?

You may be eligible to use IRS Direct File if you reside in one of the participating states and if
you report your income from these sources:

  • W-2 wage income
  • SSA-1099 Social Security income
  • 1099-G unemployment compensation
  • 1099-INT interest income of $1,500 or less

You can check to see if they are eligible for the IRS Direct File pilot.

People who want to use the Direct File pilot must choose to use the standard deduction. And, are limited to claiming deductions for student loan interest and educator expenses.

So, if you want to itemize other expenses, like your medical and dental expenses, then using this pilot might not be the best option for you.

What are the advantages of IRS Direct File?

There are many advantages:

  • Swift filing: Taxpayers can complete their 2023 federal tax returns in as little as 30 minutes using a mobile device.
  • Guided input: The platform provides step-by-step guidance for adding tax information.
  • Real-time support: Users can connect with IRS customer service representatives for real-time help.
  • Device compatibility: It can be accessed on smartphones, laptops, tablets, and desktop computers.
  • Fast refunds: People can expect to receive their federal tax refunds in less than 21 days.

What about my state taxes?

While the IRS Direct File pilot program focuses on federal tax returns, taxpayers in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, or New York can use state tools to prepare and file state tax returns

Where can I find more information?

For more information about finances, visit our Cancer & Finances Resources.

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