You may already know why it’s a good idea to file your taxes early. But what do you do if you need help getting them done? We can connect you to the right services! Here are a few of the best places to file your taxes for FREE, both online and offline.
- The Internal Revenue Service
The IRS offers a convenient online tool for looking up free tax preparers near you. It even lets you know if a location supports foreign languages.
- The Free File Alliance
The Free File Alliance is made up of a group of online tax preparers (like TurboTax) ready to help you prepare your federal taxes. There’s a very good chance you’re among the 70% of Americans — that’s over 100 million people! — who qualify. Taxpayers with a 2016 Adjusted Gross Income of $64,000 or less can visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to get started.
- AARP Foundation
Even if you’re a few decades away from retirement, the AARP Foundation provides free tax preparation help. Yes, this is the same AARP that focuses a lot of its attention on people over the age of 50, but its free tax preparation services are available to everyone!
- Credit Karma
Personal finance company Credit Karma helps you file state and federal taxes online for free. In exchange for the free support, you’ll receive offers for third-party services. You can decline them, and the tax filing is still free.
- H&R Block
Consumer Reports considers H&R Block’s free edition more robust than the free offerings from TaxAct and TurboTax. It also has some tech cred, too: you can take a picture of your W-2 with your smartphone and upload it.
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