E-filing offers advantages not available to taxpayers filing by paper, including error-reducing automatic calculators; instant confirmation of a successful filing; faster refund processing and direct deposit options.
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PA Free File is a pair of safe and convenient new Internet-based electronic filing options that save the department (and taxpayers!) administrative costs.
- Free File tax software, available online from reputable vendors, prepares state and federal filings simultaneously for free for qualifying individuals with federal adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less for the tax year.
- Free File fillable forms are online versions of state tax forms designed for people comfortable preparing their own returns. Fillable forms include basic math calculations and are generally available to all Pennsylvania taxpayers except nonresidents, part-year residents and those with K-1 forms or resident credits. Free Fillable Forms can be filed electronically for free or may be printed and mailed to the department. In addition, taxpayers who already filed federal returns can use the fillable forms to file the PA-40 return electronically for free.
Fed-State E-File is e-filing for a fee, a program available to those who don’t qualify for Free file tax software but who prefer electronically filing state and federal tax returns using software available from reputable vendors.
To facilitate the transition to PA Free File, padirectfile will be available to file tax year 2013 income tax returns; the system will be retired following the 2014 income tax filing season.