Frequently Asked Questions - Get Started

<p>Creating your account, filing deadlines, and key information about your taxes</p>

If you start at www.MyFreeTaxes.com, select on the “File myself” option, and use the link we email to you to access the TaxSlayer software, you will not be charged.

Please do not navigate to TaxSlayer directly or use a link from another website, as we cannot guarantee you won’t accidentally access one of TaxSlayer’s paid products.

The best way to guarantee you can file for free is to start at www.MyFreeTaxes.com and then use the link we email to you when preparing your return.

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If you didn’t file last year’s return and owe taxes, you might owe the IRS a “failure to file” and “failure to pay on time” penalty in addition to last year’s taxes. If you are due a refund, there are no penalties. However, you only have three years from the return due date to file and claim your refund.

The MyFreeTaxes self-preparation software (accessible by selecting the “By myself” option on our homepage) only includes current year returns.

The MyFreeTaxes File with Assistance option (accessible by selecting the “With assistance” option on our homepage) connects users who need more support filing their return to partner nonprofits who are part of the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. These programs can prepare returns for each of the last three years if you meet their eligibility criteria.

You can also access prior year forms and instructions from the IRS.

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There are several factors that affect whether or not you will need to file a tax return, including your age, gross income, and filing status. See the chart below for more details or get more information from the IRS here.

There are benefits to filing your taxes even if your income falls below these thresholds. You may be eligible for tax credits that entitle you to a refund. Tax filing is also an important way to verify your income if you are applying for Federal Student Aid, social security, or a loan from a bank or credit union.
 

Filing Status

Age

Minimum W-2 Income Requirement

Minimum Self-Employment Income Requirement

Single

Under 65

$12,200

$400

Single

65 or older

$13,850

$400

Head of Household

Under 65

$18,350

$400

Head of Household

65 or older

$20,000

$400

Married Filing Jointly

Under 65 (both spouses)

$24,400

$400

Married Filing Jointly

65 or older (one spouse)

$25,700

$400

Married Filing Jointly

65 or older (both spouses)

$27,000

$400

Married Filing Separately

Any age

$5

$400

Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Children

Under 65

$24,400

$400

Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Children

65 or older

$25,700

$400

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Your federal tax returns are due by Wednesday, April 15, 2021, unless you file for an extension.

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The IRS will begin accepting 2020 tax returns on Friday, February 12, 2021.

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