The Free File Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS to provide free electronic tax services. The Alliance operates “Free File” – a service dedicated to helping 70 percent of American taxpayers prepare and e-file their federal tax returns. It’s all online at IRS.gov, and it’s all free. More than 36 million returns have been filed since the program began in 2003. Click here for a list of Free File Alliance members.
Taxpayers with a 2012 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less (about 100 million Americans) can visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to begin.
How does Free File work? The service is unique because it gives taxpayers access to a number of different tax software options from Free File Alliance members. After selecting the software that works best for their tax situations, users are seamlessly transferred from IRS.gov to the company’s website to complete their returns.
The Free File Alliance is committed to providing free federal e-filing services for 70 percent of Americans. While 22 states and the District of Columbia have established Free File programs to help taxpayers file state returns, these state programs are not affiliated with the national partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance.
- FAST Free File is the quick, efficient way for 70 percent of taxpayers to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns online. With step-by-step help, Free File takes the guesswork out of doing your taxes.
- FREE Approximately 100 million Americans are eligible. Visit www.IRS.gov and choose from the industry’s best tax software – at absolutely no cost.
- Safe Free File Alliance software meets the highest standards of security, privacy and support.
Every federal tax return is transmitted through a secure IRS e-file system and is completely secure.
Taxpayers also receive a confirmation e-mail when their return is accepted.