Free tax help is a need for many people on their federal income tax return especially since the tax system seems to become more and more complicated. Follow the advice in this article to find your own free tax help and get your federal income tax return finished quickly and accurately this year. After all, the sooner and more accurate your federal income tax return is, the sooner you get your tax refund check.
Gather all of your tax documentation.
Free tax help won't help you get your W-2, 1099, and other forms in one place and organized. No free tax help will help you do that. Having your tax files in order will help the process as much as anything. Create a file folder for this years taxes and put all of your tax documentation into it. Stick your 1040 booklet and other tax forms in there as well for reference material.
Check out the IRS website.
The IRS offers free tax service with the added benefit that you know it comes straight from the source. No misleading free tax help here. They also free tax help to certain income brackets including free tax days for those who qualify for the Earned Income Credit.
Call the IRS for over the phone advice.
The IRS wants to save itself time and money by helping people on the front end rather than catching the mistakes on the back end. As a result you can call the IRS to receive free tax help or find a local IRS branch office to schedule a face to face appointment.
Look for free tax help from tax help companies.
Some companies who regularly provide paid help for federal income tax, also provide free help to people filling certain conditions. Before paying a company like H&R Block to help you with your taxes, check out their policy for free tax help. Most have one and will help you for free if you fit the bill.
Meet with a CPA for free.
Most CPAs will meet for the first visit for free. This will give you a chance to ask a tax professional your key tax questions. If you are familiar enough with your tax return to have all of those questions in a row, it may give you all the advice and help you need. This way you also have a professional to turn to should you decide to pay for tax help in the future.
Use free e-file tax software.
Companies such as Turbo Tax have a free tax help version for those with simple federal income tax returns and falling under a certain income limit. Since these companies design their software to be user friendly, this free tax help is also usually easy to use.
- See more tips below for finding free tax help on your federal income tax return.
Tips & Warnings
- Get IRS tax help by calling 1-800-829-1040 for general help or 1-800-829-3676 to receive free tax forms and directions.
- Elderly persons often qualify for free tax help under the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. AARP has a link.
- Universities and colleges usually offer free tax seminars to help students in filing taxes even.
- Be sure to double check the accuracy of the return yourself. Just because you get free tax help does not remove responsibility from you.
- See related articles above for more free tax help information.
Checking for Tax Errors
How to file your federal income taxes online in this free video tutorial.