“Direct File provides a free, secure option for taxpayers with simple tax situations in 12 states to file their taxes directly with the IRS,” the Treasury Department said. “Direct File is easy to use, with no hidden junk fees, and works as well on a smartphone as it does on a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Direct File shows taxpayers the math so they can be sure that their return is accurate, and they are getting the refund they are entitled to.”

You can check whether you qualify to use the system at directfile.irs.gov. Based on the eligibility restrictions in the IRS program, the Treasury Department said it “estimates that one-third of all federal income tax returns filed could be prepared using Direct File.”

But there are many limits that would prevent taxpayers from using the system.

What you can and can’t file

  • @CosmicTurtle
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    722 months ago

    These states:

    • Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Massachusetts
    • New York
    • Washington
    • @ohlaph
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      222 months ago

      Strange way to list the items, but thank you.

      • @[email protected]
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        172 months ago

        It’s listed that way on the Direct File website because the top group of states don’t have state income tax (so you don’t need a separate state return), and the others the Direct File tool has some kind of arrangement to redirect you to the state’s platform at the end to file your state return (on the website there’s a separate explanation for how each of them work).

        • @ohlaph
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          42 months ago

          Thank you.

    • @elephantium
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      72 months ago

      These states account for 147 million people, about 43% of the country. Not too bad for a pilot program.