7 Free Tax Filing Options for 2024

IRS Free File

IRS Free File partners with the IRS and the Free File Alliance, offering free tax software from companies like TaxAct and TaxSlayer. Some software is also available in Spanish.

Free Tax Software

Many tax software providers have free tiers for simple tax situations, different from those in the IRS Free File program.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

VITA is a federal program providing free tax preparation for low-to-moderate-income individuals, disabled people, older Americans, and limited-English speakers. Income limit: $64,000.


GetYourRefund.org offers virtual VITA services for those who can’t get in-person help. Qualify if you earn under $66,000. Available in Spanish and can help with past years' taxes too.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly

TCE offers free tax help focusing on pension and retirement issues for people 60 and older. Some AARP sites also help low-to-moderate-income filers in their 50s.


MilTax provides free tax services for military members, families, and certain veterans. Available from the start of tax season through October. No income requirement.

Direct File

Direct File was tested by the IRS in 2024 for simple returns. Initially limited to residents of 12 states, it’s now available to all eligible taxpayers in those states.