California Free-Filing

  1. Use the IRS Free File Program: You may be eligible to use the IRS free file program if your income is below a certain threshold. Visit the IRS Free File website and provide the necessary information to determine if you qualify.
  2. Go through CalFile: If you’re a California resident, you have the option to file your California state tax return online for free using CalFile, which is an e-file program offered by the California Franchise Tax Board.
  3. Use a Free Tax Software: Some tax software companies like TurboTax, H&R Block, and TaxAct offer free tax filing for both federal and state returns under certain conditions, such as if you’re filing a 1040EZ or 1040A.
  4. Use AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program: If you’re 50 or older and can’t afford a tax preparation service, consider using AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. During tax season, they provide free tax preparation and e-filing.
  5. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program: If you qualify, the VITA program offers free tax help to people who make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers.

Remember to prepare all the necessary documents – W-2s from all jobs, 1099 forms for other income, and records of any other expenses or deductions – before you start the process.

Also, keep in mind that while there are plenty of options to file your taxes for free, you should consider seeking advice from a licensed tax professional if your tax situation is complex.

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