Free File

Look for Free File participating vendors for the 2019 tax season in late January

If you qualify for Free File options to electronically file your federal individual income tax return with the IRS, you may also qualify for free electronic filing of your Vermont return with one of the Free File participating vendors.

Follow These Tips to Ensure State Filing Is Free to Eligible Filers:
  • Most tax software vendors have two websites, one that is meant for use by the general public where a fee may be charged and the other for those eligible for Free File.
  • Do not use the IRS' Free File link if you will file a Vermont return. In order to use Free File for your Vermont return, file both your federal and Vermont returns through the link provided on this page. The IRS Free File link brings you to the vendor's Free File site; however you cannot complete a Vermont return from the IRS' link.

Vermont's Free File link will be available late January, 2019.

What is Free File?
  • Free File is a partnership between the IRS and brand-name tax software companies that has helped more than 50 million people since 2003 accurately prepare their tax returns, capturing all credits and deductions to maximize their refund, at no cost.

  • This alliance enables 70 percent of all taxpayers – individuals and families with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less for Tax Year 2018– to use the best-known and most trusted commercial tax preparation software products for free. There is no cost to the government to deliver this free service to hard-working Americans.

  • Because the tax software companies donate their products, this program comes at no cost to the government, and in fact saves taxpayer dollars by encouraging e-filing versus filing paper returns.

  • The tax software products – the same popular products people buy every year – make tax filing easy, walking taxpayers through the process of filing online, cutting down on errors and helping taxpayers get their refunds faster – with no hidden costs or fees.

  • Vermont taxpayers can use Free File anywhere – in the comfort of their own home, or anywhere that has a computer with internet access.

  • Free File has helped U.S. taxpayers save more than $1.3 billion in tax preparation fees since it began. And just as importantly, by enabling people to prepare their own returns, Free File empowers people to learn more about their taxes and take control of their financial life.

  • Free File is a companion to other IRS programs that provide reliable tax preparation to the public at no cost, especially the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA services are offered through thousands of community-based organizations and connects taxpayers to IRS-certified volunteers who are trained – and deeply passionate about – preparing returns for eligible individuals and families. Some VITAs also provide taxpayers access to Free File products at their sites, designating computers, workstations and volunteers for coaching and encouragement as the taxpayer prepare his returns with the tax software.
Free File in the News

Improved taxpayer options available for the 2019 Free File Program

The IRS and the Free File Alliance have announced an agreement that will strengthen and expand taxpayer options for people choosing to use the free online software program during the 2019 filing season. Read more about the improvements to Free File here.