Tax Day Reminder
The deadline to file IRS tax returns is April 18 this year, so we wanted to let Americans know about the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit partnership between tax software companies and the Internal Revenue Service, which is offering free tax solutions on the internet–both for low income and higher income earners.

Taxpayers with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income of $62,000 or less can access free, industry-leading tax software to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Free state return options are also available to everyone earning less than $62,000.

If your income exceeded $62,000, you can e-file your federal tax returns or apply for an extension using Free File Fillable Forms—a service designed for taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance. Free File also helps taxpayers with the new health care requirements. Using Free File, most taxpayers will simply have to check a box to report health care coverage for the entire year. The service is also available in Spanish.

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“Every American taxpayer can and should take advantage of the Free File program,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “Whether you need to e-file a tax return or an extension, Free File is the fast, safe and free way to tackle your taxes. Free File is also the only place where the industry’s best tax software is available at one place and at no cost. Simply visit and choose the software offering that fits your tax needs.”


Since 2003, the Free File program has provided the equivalent of nearly $1.4 billion in free tax software completing over 46 million tax returns. The coalition of 13 industry-leading tax software 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.

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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 committed to giving 70 percent of taxpayers free access to online tax preparation software.

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