Here's everything you need to know about Free File.

How to Free File

Join the 43 million Americans who already have saved money by using IRS Free File. Watch this short video to learn more about how Free File is the safest, easiest way to prepare your federal taxes.

Our checklist of what you needed to get started makes Free File even easier

  • A copy of last year's tax return
  • Last year's e-file Personal Identification Number or your 2013 adjusted gross income; either can serve as your e-signature
  • Valid Social Security Numbers for yourself and your spouse, if applicable
  • Valid Social Security Numbers for your dependents, if applicable
  • Forms W-2 from all of your employers
  • Forms 1099-INT showing interest paid to you throughout the year
  • Form 1099-G showing any refund, credit or offset of state and local taxes
  • All receipts pertaining to your small business, if applicable
  • Forms 1099-DIV and Forms 1099-R
  • Income receipts from rental, real estate, royalties, partnerships, S corporation, trusts
  • For Affordable Care Act filers you'll need: Form 1095A, the Health Insurance Marketplace Statement; Form 8962, for the Premium Tax Credit; and Form 8965, or your Health Coverage Exemption form and ECN.
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Social Security benefits
  • Other income

Preparing your state tax return

Some states participate in a state Free File program that allows you to e-file your state taxes for free.

Choose your state from the dropdown below to begin:

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Need extra help?

Free File is also offered at select locations of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. Work with a certified IRS volunteer and find a VITA/TCE location near you.

Ready to file?

Click on the button below to see which option is right for you.