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Get free help with your tax return

Find help filing your federal tax return with free programs and tools for specific needs or general tax filing questions.

Get free help filling out your tax return

You may qualify for free help with your tax return based on your age, income, disability, or military status.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

VITA and TCE are programs with IRS-certified volunteers. They explain tax credits and prepare basic tax returns. 

  • VITA - You may qualify if at least one of these is true:
    • You make $60,000 a year or less
    • You have a disability
    • You speak limited English
  • TCE - This program focuses on questions about pensions and retirement-related issues. It offers free tax help to all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 or older.

Learn more about VITA and TCE and use the VITA/TCE Locator Tool to find a provider closest to your zip code.

IRS Free File

IRS Free File is an online program that can help you prepare and file your federal tax return. You may be eligible if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $73,000 or less. Learn:

  • How IRS Free File works
  • What information and documents you need to get started
  • Which IRS Free File program you may qualify for

IRS Direct File

You may be able to file for free online through the IRS Direct File pilot program if you are in one of 12 participating states and have a simple tax return.


MilTax, from the Department of Defense, offers free tax assistance to military service members.

  • Get help with tax preparation services
  • Use free filing software
  • Consult with professionals experienced with military tax issues

Free IRS tools and resources for help with your tax return

The IRS provides free online resources to help you with tax questions and preparing your return:

LAST UPDATED: May 17, 2024


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