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Free File is the fast, easy, and free way to prepare and e-file your federal taxes online.

The Free File program provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers through a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies.

How do you want to do your 2008 federal taxes?

- Traditional Free File - I want tax software with step-by-step help

  • Free File supports preparation of Federal tax returns. However, many companies also offer state tax preparation though fees may apply.
  • Free tax preparation and e-filing if your adjusted gross income is $56,000 or less in 2008.
  • Asks simple questions, puts your answers on the right forms.
  • Covers the most commonly filed Federal tax forms and schedules.
  • Includes Federal e-file - get your refund in as little as 10 days with Direct Deposit.
  • Does all the math for you.
  • Receive a quick confirmation within 48 hours that your return was received by the IRS.
  • Benefit from Free File's checks for accuracy.
  • Available in Spanish
  • Free Federal Extension is available.
  • Forgot how much you received from last year's Stimulus Payment? Check out How Much Was My Stimulus Payment.

- Free File Fillable Forms - I want to fill in the tax forms and file them online without tax software.

  • Looks like blank IRS forms. You choose, self-prepare, and e-file your 1040, 1040 A and 1040EZ return.
  • Covers the most commonly filed Federal tax forms and schedules.
  • Includes basic calculation capability.
  • Does NOT support state forms or State e-file .
  • There are no income limitations.
  • Free Federal Extension is available.

With all Free File options you can:

  • File your taxes any hour of the day or night
  • Get a faster refund in as little as 10 days with Direct Deposit,
  • Know that your return is safe and secure.
  • Save paper - and that helps us all.

All Free File options will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our network of partners, but it's important to remember that you must access Free File through the IRS website,

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Made more than $56,000 in 2008? You may file your taxes online by seeking other individual e-file options or checking out Free File Fillable Forms.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: April 06, 2009