Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tax Tip from Dickinson Wright Attorney Robin Miskell

By Robin L. Miskell

Did you know that an individual may use free online tax preparation software and e-filing if he or she qualifies? This may be useful knowledge for your young adult children, even if you are not eligible.
                                           
The Free File Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies that have partnered with the IRS to help millions of Americans prepare and e-file their federal tax returns for free.

There are more than a dozen software options (brand-name software) available to assist a taxpayer with a 2013 adjusted gross income (“AGI”) of $58,000 or less at no cost. Choose your software carefully because some companies offer free state tax preparation and e-filing, whereas others do not.
 
Even though an individual’s gross income may be higher than $58,000, the individual may still qualify for this service because his or her gross income (e.g., salary, dividends, interest, alimony, and rental income) is reduced by various deductions, the most common being contributions to an IRA or qualified plan, to calculate the individual’s AGI.
 
70% of American taxpayers are eligible for this service and 98% of users would recommend this program to others.
 
If your AGI is higher than $58,000, free File Fillable Forms are available for federal returns only, including free e-filing. This service was recently extended to be available for use until October 2015. Go to www.irs.gov/freefile to begin.
 
Please contact Robin L. Miskell in the Phoenix office at 602-889-5329 if you have any questions.