Options for e-filing your tax returns—safely, quickly, and easily.

Why do 80% of Americans file their taxes electronically?

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IRS e-file: It's Safe. It's Easy. It's Time.

Joining the 110 million Americans who already are using e-file is easy. Just ask your paid or volunteer tax preparer, use commercial software, or use Free File. IRS e-file is the safest, most secure way to transmit you tax return to the IRS. Since 1990, the IRS has processed more than 1 billion e-filed tax returns safely and securely. There's no paper return to be lost or stolen.
Most tax return preparers are now required to use IRS e-file. If you are asked if you want to e-file, just give it a try. IRS e-file is now the norm, not the exception. Most states also use electronic filing.

Free e-file Help Available Nationwide is discussed in a shaded box

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Volunteers are available in communities nationwide providing tax free assistance to low to moderate income (generally under $53,000 in adjusted gross income) and elderly taxpayers (age 60 and older). At selected sites, taxpayers can input and electronically file their own tax return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer.
See How to Get Tax Help near the end of these instructions for additional information or visit IRS.gov (Keyword: VITA) for a VITA/TCE site near you!

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Do Your Taxes For Free

If your adjusted gross income was $60,000 or less in 2014, you can use free tax software to prepare and e-file your tax return. Earned More? Use Free File Fillable Forms.

Free File.

This public-private partnership, between the IRS and tax software providers, makes approximately 15 brand name commercial software products and e-file available for free. Seventy percent of the nation's taxpayers are eligible.
Just visit www.irs.gov/freefile for details. Free File combines all the benefits of e-file and easy-to-use software at no cost. Guided questions will help ensure you get all the tax credits and deductions you are due. It's fast, safe, and free.
You can review each of the approximately 15 software provider's criteria for free usage or use an online tool to find which free software products match your situation. Some providers offer state tax return preparation for free. Free File is available in English and Spanish.

Free File Fillable Forms

The IRS offers electronic versions of IRS paper forms that also can be e-filed for free. Free File Fillable Forms is best for people experienced in preparing their own tax returns. There are no income limitations. Free File Fillable Forms does basic math calculations. It supports only federal tax forms.
IRS.gov is the gateway for all electronic services offered by the IRS, as well as the spot to download forms at www.irs.gov/formspubs.

Electronic tax payments are discussed in a separate box titled Make your tax payments electronically—it's easy!

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You can make electronic payments online, by phone, or from a mobile device. Paying electronically is safe and secure. The IRS uses the latest encryption technology and does not store banking information. When you use any of the IRS electronic payment options, it puts you in control of paying your tax bill and gives you peace of mind. You determine the payment date, and you will receive an immediate confirmation from the IRS. It's easy, secure, and much quicker than mailing in a check or money order. Go to www.irs.gov/payments to see all your electronic payment options.

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