Taxpayers Can Use IRS Free File Program At No Charge

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Internal Revenue Service tax season is underway and the government’s Free File program is open.

Free File is a program that allows people, within a certain tax bracket, to have their federal tax return prepared for free.

“If you make less than $57,000 a year, and that’s the majority of people, you can go out to our Free File site… to prepare your taxes and use it for free,” explained Diane Fox, director of the Free File program.

Fox said not only is the service offered at no charge, but it can also lessen the wait time.

“And combine that [Free File] with direct deposit, they can get their refund in as few as 10 days,” she said.

Taxpayers must access the Free File products through the website or authorized kiosks to avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing a federal tax return.

In 2010, hundreds of thousands of Texans used the service but Fox said that number is low.

“Last year there were about 230,000 Texans that used Free File, but we know there are a lot more people that are eligible and they just may not know about it.”

Taxpayers have an extra two days to file federal tax returns this year, because April 15 is on a Sunday and federal offices in Washington D.C. are closed on Monday the 16 for a holiday – making the 2012 federal tax filing deadline April 17.

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One Comment

  1. chuckz says:

    I use the free download software TaxAct. Can’t file for free cause I’m a little over. Normally I have to pay a little extra, so print it out and I mail it in. I don’t like using the online businesses like H&R, or Turbotax. I don’t like my social security number on a 3rd party server where you have no control. Even with these free file forms, the IRS does not have their own e-file servers. They farm it out to a 3rd party. Not that I trust the gov, but I would rather have just 2 parties involved.

  2. Betty says:

    I tried to do this last year and the dot gov site refused me. I did NOT come near $50K. I am sure a lot of others were done the same way so it’s not that people don’t know about it, it is the site refusing to allow us to use it.

    Fix the site or don’t advertise it, I would have loved to save a few dollars cause I needed those dollars for groceries.

    thank you.

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