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Tax Preparation Options

I know some people are nervous about filing their own taxes and have limited income, but there are some wonderful and free options for you. 

Every year the IRS updates a list which includes sites that allow you to file your federal tax return free.

List of Free Federal Tax Filings

Please check each site to verify the qualifications which can include state of residence, age, and income.

Here's the current list that the IRS has for free tax filing on federal returns. (You may want to bookmark this post for when you file your taxes in 2011. )

TurboTax® Freedom Edition: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $31,000 or less or
  • Active military with an AGI of $57,000 or less or
  • Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

H&R Block's Free File: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less
  • Age 51 or younger.

CitizenTaxFree: Free federal online tax preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less
  • Age 65 or younger

Free1040TaxReturn.com: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less
  • Age 71 or younger

123Easytaxfiling: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less
  • Age 70 years old or younger

I CAN FREE FILE: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $32,000 or less or
  • Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

ezTaxReturn.com: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI $57,000 or less

Online Tax Pros: Free federal online tax preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is between $3,500 and $57,000

TaxSlayer: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is less than $57,000
  • Age 25 or younger or  age 65 or older or
  • Active military

TaxACT Free Edition: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less
  • Age 19 through 55 years

ISECURETAX, INC.: Free federal tax return prep and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less

EfileTaxReturns.net: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if :

  • AGI is between $5,000 and $57,000

FileYourTaxes.com: Free federal online tax return preparation and e-file if:

  • AGI is $57,000 or less
  • Age 15 through 52 years

Looking for More Tax Tips and Information?

New readers may not know this but if you’re looking for more information on taxes, I also write over at TurboTax’s blog.

Besides my posts, TurboTax also has a lot more articles and resources to help you maximize your tax return.

Thoughts on Filing Your Taxes for Free

I think this list is a useful resources for many people, so if you think your friend or family could use it, share it or give them the link to the IRS' full list.

We've used Turbotax at home for our taxes and it's done a great job for us. how about you? How have you filed your taxes? What has been your favorite option?

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Elle Martinez helps families at Couple Money achieve financial freedom by sharing tips for reducing debt, increase income, and building net worth. Learn how to live on one income and have fun with the second..