03/28/12 With “Tax Day 2012″ just around the corner, area residents are encouraged to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the IRS Free File program. Hoosiers with an Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.
On the website, users will find a list of Free File Alliance member companies and may either choose the one that fits their needs or utilize the “help me find a company” tool. After selecting a tax software company, users will be transferred to the company’s website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns.
Since its inception in 2003, IRS Free File has offered 70 percent of taxpayers free access to leading commercial tax preparation software, with 33 million returns filed. Free File Alliance member companies have continually worked with the IRS to strengthen the Free File program, and taxpayers have consistently reported that it is user-friendly and efficient. Responding to a 2009 IRS survey, 96 percent of users said they found Free File easy to use, while 98 percent said they would recommend the program to others.
The Free File Alliance is a coalition of 14 industry-leading tax software companies. For more information, visit www.freefilealliance.org.