Government Programs To Save Cash While Doing Taxes This Year

Jake Wells

Dreading doing your taxes this year?

Well, taxes might not be a ton of fun, but if you are an individual or family filing a tax return with income of less than $73,000, you can file your taxes for free with IRS Free File. This program is available only through IRS.gov., so please don't go anywhere else other than the official IRS website.

This year, there are eight tax software providers offering products in English and two in Spanish. It is worth noting that Intuit, the company behind popular tax filing software TurboTax, announced that it will no longer participate in the IRS Free File program. (source) The companies that are participating in the program for 2021 taxes include: Freetax USA, OLT, Taxact, Free1040TaxReturn, EZtaxreturn, TaxSlayer, 1040Now and File Your Taxes. Each program does have some limitations, so please look at this IRS webpage for more information.

Separate from the IRS Free File Program, tax providers may offer their own free products, but experts caution taxpayers to read the fine print and be cautious of any upsells and upgrades for a fee.

Taxpayers can also get filing help from programs like the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax return.

Just enter in your Ohio zip code here into the search and you can find locations nearby that can offer you free tax assistance.

You can always contact your local Ohio library using this handy tool if you would like some resources for filing taxes as well. Many libraries have programs where you can get assistance filing your city, state and federal taxes.

Are you planning on filing your taxes soon?

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