Additional free FILING OPTIONS

In addition to filing your taxes for free at one of Tax Help Colorado's 26 free tax sites or other VITA sites, there are other free filing options and tax help available.

 

FILE FREE ONLINE

If you have access to a computer and the Internet and want to prepare your own tax return, the IRS offers free online tax preparation and electronic filing through the Free File Alliance. For a listing of companies that provide free online tax preparation, please click here. To qualify for free online filing through the IRS, your adjusted gross income must be $57,000 or less.

 

Be aware that while filing your federal tax return is free, some companies charge to file your state return. To file your Colorado tax return for free online, click here.

 

Get FREE HELP OVER THE PHONE and IN-PERSOn

To receive live telephone assistance through the IRS, call 1-800-829-1040. For a full listing of IRS telephone numbers and hours of operation, please click here.

 

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) are your source for personal tax help when your tax issue can't be handled online or by phone. For a listing of IRS TACs in Colorado, please click here.

 

ADVICE WHEN Using a paid preparer

If you decide to use a paid preparer to file your tax return, you should expect to pay between $100 and $400. It also costs more to get a product that gets your refund to you quicker. Although they are advertised as "instant cash" refunds, these are really high-cost loans. If you don't need your refund immediately, you can save money by not using these products. Most paid preparers file your return electronically, which already speeds up your refund. If you have a bank account, you can arrange for your refund to be deposited directly into your account, which only takes seven to ten days. For more information on Refund Anticipation Products, please click here.