IRS Tax TipsJuly 26, 2023

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Issue Number: Tax Tip 2023-95

Free tax filing options still available

IRS Free File remains available until Oct. 16 for taxpayers who still need to file a 2022 tax return. If a taxpayer filed for an extension ahead of the April 18, 2023, tax deadline, their return is due to the IRS by Oct. 16. It’s a good idea to e-file a complete and accurate return as soon as possible rather than wait until the last minute. Taxpayers should review their e-filing options.

IRS Free File available to taxpayers with income of $73,000 or less
IRS Free File lets qualified taxpayers prepare and file federal income tax returns online using interview-based tax preparation software. Taxpayers who made $73,000 or less in 2022 will likely find an offer from a Free File provider that matches their needs. Free File’s interview-based tax preparation software can help taxpayers take advantage of any tax credits they may be eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

Taxpayers can go to the IRS Free File webpage at to find the right IRS Free File offer for them.

IRS Free File Fillable Forms
As an alternative, Free File Fillable Forms are electronic federal tax forms available to everyone, regardless of income. People should be comfortable preparing their own tax returns before using these forms.

Other e-filing options
Taxpayers can also use commercial software to file their taxes. The return is securely transmitted through an IRS-approved electronic channel and checked for mistakes. If the IRS finds easy-to-fix mistakes, like a math error or an incorrect Social Security number, IRS immediately sends it back to the taxpayer to fix it and re-file it. This saves time and prevents a simple mistake from holding up any tax refund.

To find a tax professionals who are qualified to prepare, transmit and process e-filed returns, taxpayers should consult the Authorized IRS e-file Provider database, a nationwide listing of all businesses that have been accepted to participate in the IRS e-file program.

The military community can use MilTax to file
MilTax is a free tax resource available for the military community, offered through the Department of Defense. MilTax is a suite of tax services available for members of the military, as well as qualifying veterans and family members. There are no income limits. MilTax includes tax preparation and electronic filing software, personalized support from tax consultants and current information about filing taxes. In addition to federal tax returns, qualifying taxpayers can prepare and electronically file up to three state income tax returns.

Active duty military members stationed in combat zones have more time to file their tax returns. The IRS website has more tax information for members of the military.

Taxpayers in disaster areas may have more time to file
Taxpayers living in an area impacted by a recent natural disaster may have an automatic extension of time to make various tax payments. Visit the Tax Relief in Disaster Situations page of for more information.

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