Free File is a service available through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which allows U.S. taxpayers to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns for free. Free File provides two options to tax payers: Free File Software (filed through brand-name software, adjusted gross income must be less than $66,000), or Free File Fillable Forms (any income level, filed through online fillable forms). Both the Free File Software and Free File Fillable Forms services are managed and operated by the Free File Alliance, a consortium of private tax-preparation companies. The service is available through the IRS’s website at www.irs.gov/freefile. Although the service is accessed via the IRS website, the service is not managed or operated by the IRS.
More than 46 million people have used Free File since its debut in 2003. For 2016, IRS Free File will be available January 15 through October 15.