Free tax help
Free return preparation
IRS-certified volunteers prepare and file tax returns free of charge (VITA/TCE program). To qualify, your income must be low or moderate, or you must be over a certain age. Please check with your local VITA/TCE site. To find a site near you, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers.
If you qualify for the program, we recommend that you use it. In 2016, the IRS tested 299 returns prepared by the VITA/TCE volunteers and found 286 of these returns to be correct. That's a very good result by tax standards.
If you earn less than $66,000, you qualify for free software that you can use to prepare and file your tax return on your own. For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free or http://taxprephelp.org/.
If you earn more than $66,000, you may be able to use the IRS "Fillable Forms" and file electronically for free. Visit https://www.freefilefillableforms.com. The forms are the electronic equivalent of the paper forms with the benefit of automated calculations. We believe that this option is suitable for taxpayers who have easy returns or really know their way around taxes. Otherwise, we recommend that you purchase one of the commercial software packages.
Free IRS representation
The IRS website has a lot of helpful information. The IRS does a good job presenting information in an easy-to-read format. You can order free IRS publications by mail at .
My1040 links to IRS publications that provide guidance for the expenses that you are tracking. If you need more information, visit the IRS website and type your query in the search box at the top of the home page. For example, search for "The Sharing Economy Tax Center" if you freelance in the sharing economy.
There are other websites that provide tax information. We prefer the IRS website. The IRS website is comprehensive. Also, if you are audited, it is helpful to point to an IRS publication as the support for your position.
A word of caution... The IRS website may over-simplify the tax laws. For complex cases, an experienced tax attorney or CPA can provide more precise advice.