Federal tax filing 2021: IRS and Free File website link
IRS' Free File tool allows you to prepare and file your federal income tax return for free. You also may be eligible for Recovery Rebate Credit. Here's how.
The deadline to file your federal tax return is 15 April 2021. If you can’t file by the due date of your return, you should request an extension of time. To receive an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return, you must file Form 4868, "Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return" by the due date of your return, so by 15 April.
What is "IRS Free File?"
The IRS Free File Program provides two ways for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax online for free:
Income under $72,000 per year: the traditional IRS Free File system provides free online tax preparation and filing options on IRS partner sites. IRS partners are online tax preparation companies that develop and deliver this service at no cost to qualifying taxpayers. Please note, only taxpayers whose Adjusted Gross Income (or AGI) is $72,000 or less qualify for any IRS Free File partner offers. Simply use the Free File Offer Look Up Tool and enter basic information, then you select the offer you would like, and file your taxes through the company for free.
Income over $72,000 per year: Free File Fillable Forms are electronic federal tax forms you can fill out and file online for free. If you choose this option, you should know how to prepare your own tax return. Please note, it is the only IRS Free File option available for taxpayers whose AGI is greater than $72,000.
Required documentation to file your tax return
These are the documents you will be required to complete if you'll be using the above tools to fill out your 2020 tax return:
Proving your AGI: income and receipts
Affordable Care Act (ACA) filers
Valid email address required for contact
To get a notification from the Free File software company that your return was accepted by IRS, you need a valid email address, ensure to have this ready when starting.
Recovery Rebate Credit
If you didn't receive your stimulus check - or Economic Impact Payment - or only got part of the full amount, you may be eligible ti claim the rest through a Recovery Rebate Credit
How long will it take to process my tax refund?
You will usually receive your refund within three weeks of the date when the IRS receives your return, even faster if you choose to have it directly deposited into your checking or savings account.
Though there’s a notice on the IRS advice website that states that they’re having some staffing issues, so processing paper tax returns could take several weeks longer. Taxpayers and tax professionals are encouraged to file electronically.