IRS offering Free File products for tax prep

By The Tri-City HeraldJanuary 28, 2014 

To help people get a jump on their taxes before the Jan. 31 filing season opens, the Internal Revenue Service is making a variety of Free File brand-name software available.

Fourteen commercial software companies that provide their Free File tax prep products began offering their products this week at IRS.gov/freefile.

Although you can complete and e-file your tax return now, the Free File companies will hold it until Jan. 31 when the IRS begins accepting returns.

Free File software is available now to more than 100 million individuals and families that earn $58,000 or less, which is 70 percent of taxpayers.

Each of the 14 Free File companies sets specific offers -- generally based on income, state residency and age -- to use their software. If your income is $58,000 or less, you will find at least one, if not more, offers available to you.

If your income was more than $58,000, you can still do your taxes and e-file them. Just select the "Free File Fillable Forms" button. This product will be available starting Jan. 31.

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