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Can I start 2019 taxes?

can I efile state and federal for free
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Level 15

Can I start 2019 taxes?

IRS Free File can save families money; find tax benefits all for free

 

 

IR-2020-15, January 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — IRS Free File can save families, especially those with children, some money in 2020 plus find tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Free File is now available at IRS.gov/freefile.

Since its 2003 debut, Free File has served nearly 57 million taxpayers, saving them $1.7 billion using a very conservative $30 preparation fee. Young families with children are key beneficiaries of Free File, the public-private partnership between the IRS and 10 online tax preparation software providers.

"Free File can save young families money. It offers free software, free electronic filing and free direct deposit which is the fastest way to get a refund," said Ken Corbin, commissioner of IRS' Wage and Investment division.

 

Whether single or married, the taxpayers' 2019 adjusted gross income must be $69,000 or less to be eligible for free online tax preparation through Free File. Free File can help families find the tax credits and deduction they are due such as EITC. By answering a few questions, taxpayers can find out if they're eligible for EITC and other family-related tax benefits.

 

The IRS will begin processing tax returns on January 27. Most refunds are issued within 21 days. With Free File, you can even use any digital device, personal computer, tablet or smart phone. Free File products are mobile enabled so you can do your taxes on your smart phone or tablet and e-File with your hand-held device.

Here's how Free File works:

  1. Go to gov/freefile to see all Free File options.
     
  2. Browse each of the 10 offers or use a "look up" tool to help you find the right product. Each Free File partner sets its own eligibility standards generally based on income, age and state residency. But if your adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less, you will find at least one free product to use. Two products are in Spanish.
  3. Select a provider and follow the links to their web page to begin your tax return.
  4. Complete and e-file your tax return only if you have all the income and deduction records you need. The fastest way to get a refund is by filing electronically and selecting direct deposit. If you owe, use direct pay or electronic options.

You do not have to be EITC eligible in order to qualify for Free File. Any individual or married couple that meets the income limitation can qualify. First-time filers or college students are key users. Military personnel who meet the income requirement can use any of nine partner products. And seniors who want to file the new Form 1040-SR because they are over 65 and taking the standard deduction also can use Free File.

Remember, if you meet the income requirement you will find at least one free online product. To avoid fees for state tax returns, look for a partner that offers free state tax return preparation or check out your state's tax agency website to see if they are members of the State Free File program.

Know the protections under the IRS Free File program. They include:

  • Get a free federal tax return - As long as you qualify for the Free File federal return offer, you must not be charged for preparation and e-filing of a federal tax return.
     
  • Be protected from unnecessary fees - Other than state tax preparation fees and a possible fee if you choose to continue with tax preparation when you don't qualify for the federal return offer, you must not be offered or solicited marketing, promotional rebates, or any other form of selling activity on the Free File company's website. Any state preparation or non-qualifying fees must be disclosed on the company's Free File landing page.
     
  • Be guided in your choices - If you find you don't qualify for a specific company's Free File offer after visiting their Free File website, you may return to the IRS.gov Free File website to seek another Free File online offer. Each Free File company will provide you information when you don't qualify, with the option to select a link to bring you back to IRS.gov Free File site to select another company.
     
  • Get help if you need it - If you need help when you are on the company's Free File website and doing your taxes, you may refer to the company's free customer service options.
     
  • Be reminded of Free File - If you used Free File last year, you should receive an email from the same company product that you used, welcoming you back to Free File. The email should include a link to the company's Free File online program and explain how to file with the program.
     
  • Be protected from bank product fees - As part of Free File, you must not be offered any bank products such as Refund Anticipation Loans or Refund Anticipation Checks.
     
  • Get help finding a free option for you - IRS offers a Free File online Look-up tool to help you find an offer that best meets your needs.
     
  • Get important information on possible charges for state returns - Many Free File online products offer free state tax preparation. Some charge a state fee. Be sure to read each company's information carefully.

Free File online products will be available from January through October for extension filers. Taxpayers who need to file extensions because they cannot meet the April 15 deadline, also can use Free File regardless of their income.

 

Free File is just one way the IRS provides free tax preparation options to taxpayers. Taxpayers wanting more personal help can visit one of thousands of community volunteer sites through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or Tax Counseling for the Elderly offered by AARP. Trained volunteers will prepare returns for free for taxpayers whose income was $56,000 or less.

Free File is available through October.

 

 

 

Level 15

Can I start 2019 taxes?

Yes, you can start.

 

TurboTax has 2 free online products with free Federal and free State returns.  The regular Free Edition is for simple returns and has limited features, and some forms and schedules are not available in that product.

 

If you can't use Free Edition, the other free product (TurboTax IRS Free File Program) is fully-featured, can prepare all the usual forms and schedules,  but one has to meet one of the qualifications to use.  See below:

 

To qualify for free 2019 federal and state tax returns through the IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax, you just need to meet one of these requirements:

      • Your 2019 household AGI is $36,000 or less;
      • You qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); or
      • In 2019, you served as active duty military (including Reservists and National Guard) with a maximum AGI of $69,000, and you have a military-issued W-2.

If you qualify for that program and want to use it, see these 2 FAQs:

 

FAQ:  What is the TurboTax IRS Free File Program?
https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/choosing-a-product/help/what-is-the-turbotax-free-file-program/01/...

and

FAQ:  How do I switch to the TurboTax IRS Free File Program?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/downgrading/help/how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program/00/...

New Member

Can I start 2019 taxes?

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Level 15

Can I start 2019 taxes?

You  cannot get another extension for your 2019 return.  An extension request for a 2019 return had to be filed by July 15, 2020, and the deadline to file that tax return was on October 15.  If you tried to e-file it by October 15 and it was rejected you have some extra time to fix it and try to e-file it again.  There are no second extensions.

 

But your return is late.  If you are getting a refund or do not owe, then there is no penalty for missing the October 15 deadline.  If you have tax due, then you are subject to interest and penalties for missing the deadline.

 

 

If you have not yet started your 2019 return, you are too late to use the online program.  Online is closed for new returns.  If you need to start a new 2019 return you need the downloaded desktop software on a full PC or Mac.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900990-how-do-i-file-a-prior-year-tax-return

 

 

 

Phone support is not provided with the Free Edition.  If you are using a paid version of the software or if you purchased PLUS you can get phone support when customer support is there.  Otherwise, post your question here and someone will try to help.

 

 

To call TurboTax customer support

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899263-what-is-the-turbotax-phone-number

They are available from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time  Monday-Friday

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Level 15

Can I start 2019 taxes?

@7611003gr 

 

Your phone number was removed by the  filter because this is a public web site that can be seen by anyone--including scammers and identity thieves who would love to call you and pretend to be from TurboTax.  Phone numbers are removed for your protection.

 

If you paid for your 2019 software then customer support can provide a download of the desktop software to you if you need it.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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Can I start 2019 taxes?

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Level 15

Can I start 2019 taxes?

If you did not already start your 2019 return--and just have an extension to file it -- it is too late to use the online software.  The 2019 online software program is closed to starting new returns.  The deadline was October 15.  If your return was not started online before that deadline you cannot use the online program.   Since you paid for your 2019 software you can get a download from customer support so that you can use desktop software to prepare and file your 2019 return.

 

You say you paid twice.  Not sure how that could have happened, but when you talk to customer support they will help sort that out with you.  We cannot resolve billing issues in this forum.

 

To call TurboTax customer support

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899263-what-is-the-turbotax-phone-number

They are available from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time  Monday-Friday

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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