Free File Day 2014 is January 31

 

What is Free File Day?

This year, January 31 has been declared Free File Day as the IRS officially starts accepting 2013 tax returns via its Free File service. The IRS delayed accepting returns until January 30 because of the January tax law changes made by Congress. Free File is a service that offers free federal tax preparation and e-file options for all taxpayers using fillable tax forms, electronic versions of IRS paper forms. These forms even perform mathematical calculations for you. By using e-file and direct deposit, you can receive your refund in as few as 10 days.

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Why File early?

This year, you have until Monday, April 15, 2014, to file and pay your taxes or request an extension.

If you’re due a refund, it’s better to file sooner and get your money faster.

Free File is a free service that offers free federal tax preparation and e-file options for all taxpayers. Free File is made possible through a public-private partnership between the IRS and commercial tax software companies. All taxpayers have a Free File option.

Who can use Free File?

Everyone can use IRS Free File. Providers include H&R Block. The IRS also provides Free File Fillable Tax Forms.

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    Why should I use Free File?

    Taxes can be, well, taxing. Free File does the hard work for you. There’s no need for you to be a tax expert. Software provides step-by-step guidance. You get a more accurate tax return. It helps you get the tax credit and deductions you’re due. And you can transmit your return electronically for free with IRS e-file. Best of all, if you use e-file and select direct deposit, you can get your refund in as few as 10 days.

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    What information do I need to get started?

    Make sure you have your W2s or 1099s plus records for any deductions.

    What if this is my first time filing federal taxes?

    Free File is great for first-time filers. Software guides you through the process; helps find tax breaks; and e-files your federal return – all for free. Get started at www.irs.gov/freefile.

    What is e-File?

    IRS e-file is the highly secure way to transmit your federal tax return to the IRS. It uses the latest encryption standards to safely and securely protect your personal data.

    Why should I e-File?

    IRS e-file is the most popular way to transmit your tax return. More than 70 percent of taxpayers e-filed last year. It’s safe and secure. It’s more accurate. If you e-file and select direct deposit, you can get your refund in as few as 10 days. If you owe taxes, you can file now and pay by April 15. You should opt for e-file whether you use software or a paid tax preparer.

    The following states participate in the State Free File program:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia