A tool on the IRS website makes it easy to file your taxes for free online. Here's how it works.

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  • Tax Day 2019 is Monday, April 15.
  • The IRS has a free tax filing portal, which lists companies where taxpayers who earned less than $US66,000 in 2018 can file their federal return for free.
  • Once you’re ready to file your taxes, the IRS recommends electronically filing and requesting direct deposit for your refund.

Despite the longest-running government shutdown in history, the 2019 tax season has proceeded as normal.

During the 35-day shutdown, which ended before the official start of tax season, the IRS released an updated version of its IRS Free File Lookup tool to help taxpayers navigate free tax filing options. The IRS began accepting tax returns on January 28.

If your income was less than $US66,000 in 2018, you can file your federal tax return for free; the IRS lists 12 different tax preparers, including H&R Block and TurboTax. Some companies also offer free tax filing for state returns, while others charge a fee.


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The IRS is now accepting tax returns, and you can file as soon as you have all your forms

You can still file for free if you make more than $US66,000, but to do so you’ll need to use the Free File Fillable Forms, which are available online. The IRS recommends using those forms only if you have experience preparing tax returns on your own.

Once you’re ready to file your taxes, the IRS recommends electronically filing and requesting direct deposit for your refund. You’ll typically get your tax refund within three weeks, rather than the standard six weeks, and it’s safer than getting a check in the mail.

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