The Internal Revenue Service has opened up tax filing early for some individuals. IRS spokesman Christopher Miller says those who qualify for free filing can get a jump on the process. “If you make $58,000 or less, you can sit at your computer and use brand name tax software and get your taxes done early with free file,” Miller explains.
Miller says all you have to do is go online at www.irs.gov to begin the process. “It’s a great program for first-time filers, students, families wanting to save money — even seniors — because it is so fast easy and free,” Miller says.
He says they believe not everyone who is eligible is taking advantage of the free filing option. “Last year in Iowa, around 26-thousand people used free file out of some 1.4 million filers,” according to Miller. “So, a a lot of people used free file in Iowa last year — but a lot more could.” Other filers have to wait until January 31st to send in their returns, but qualified free filers can now do it anytime. “As long as you have your W-2 in hand from your job, you can be in your pajamas and get your taxes done right now. All you need is an internet connection at a computer,” Miller says.
Miller says the returns from the free filers will be entered into the system now and will be the first ones processed once that step begins after January 31st.