I usually try to get my taxes ready in January, but this year it seems I've fallen behind. I just realized that I haven't finished getting everything ready yet. If you're in the same boat, no worries. Even though the tax filing deadline is coming up, if you feel overwhelmed by the task, and you're having trouble getting an appointment to see someone at this late time, the IRS is offering IRS FREE FILE, so you don't have to pay to get your taxes done. I've never tried this, so if you do, share your experience with me at or I would like to know if it was a simple process, or if you'd rather stick with doing it yourself, or hire someone to complete the task for you.

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IRS FREE FILE, helps you electronically file your federal income taxes online. They have what's called "Guided Preparation" by clicking HERE. Not everyone qualifies to use it, however. If your adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less, then you qualify for a free federal tax return.


If you are looking for free forms for filing, you can also find them here. The forms also provide instructions to help you. These free forms to do it yourself are available to taxpayers whose income is above the $73,000 mark.


If you are interested in either of the free filing options, first you need to go to IRS.GOV and create a new account, or if you already have an account for other reasons, you should be able to log in to your existing account. The IRS FREE FILE program offers the following forms for taxpayers:

  • Form 1040
  • Schedule 1 - Additional Income and Adjustments to Income
  • Schedule 2 - Tax
  • Schedule 3 - Nonrefundable Credits
  • Schedule A - Itemized Deductions
  • Schedule B - Interest and Ordinary Dividends
  • Schedule C - Profit or Loss From Business
  • Schedule D - Capital Gains and Losses
  • Schedule E - Supplemental Income and Loss
  • Schedule EIC - Earned Income Credit
  • Schedule SE - Self-Employment Tax
  • Form 2106 - Employee Business Expenses
  • Form 2441 - Child and Dependent Care Expenses
  • Form 3903 - Moving Expenses
  • Form 4137 - Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income
  • Form 4684 - Casualties and Thefts
  • Form 5329 - Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs)
  • Form 5695 - Residential Energy Credits
  • Form 8283 - Noncash Charitable Contribution
  • Schedule 8812 - Additional Child Tax Credit
  • Form 8829 - Expenses for Business Use of Your Home
  • Form 8862 -  Information to Claim Earned Income Credit After Disallowance
  • Form 8863 - Education Credits
  • Form 8880 - Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions
  • Form 8888 - Direct Deposit of Refund to more than 1 account
  • Form 8889 - Health Savings Accounts
  • Form 5405 - First Time Home Buyer Credit
  • Form 982 - Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness
  • Form 8949 - Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets
  • Form 8962 - Premium Tax Credit


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