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 $52,000 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 Free Tax Return Assistance 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 $58,000 or less in 2013, 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 14 popular 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 14 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 if you should choose to file a paper return.

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

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Do you have a balance due or owe estimated taxes? You can pay electronically either online or by phone, using your bank account or a credit or debit card. If you e-file your return, you can also schedule your payment by Electronic Funds Withdrawal or by credit or debit card.
It's convenient! You control when your payment is submitted and processed, and receive confirmation of your payment.
It's secure! The IRS uses the latest encryption technology to transmit your payment, and does not store your bank information.
It's green! Electronic payments are paperless, so no check to write and no voucher to mail.
Visit www.irs.gov/e-pay for more information or to make a payment.

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