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 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 for free for qualifying individuals with federal adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less for the tax year.
Free File fillable forms
are online versions of tax form designed for people comfortable preparing their own returns. Fillable forms include automatic calculators 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.
padirectfile is a state-only system for electronically filing Pennsylvania income tax returns for free. Most taxpayers interested in a no-cost free electronic filing service can use padirectfile. This secure service is offered exclusively by the Department of Revenue and allows taxpayers to prepare and submit only the Pennsylvania personal income tax return directly to the department. padirectfile includes automated calculations designed to support error-free filing and timely processing of the return and refund. Click the link above to determine if padirectfile is the best option for you.
In addition to these free filing options, taxpayers may also e-file for a fee, through the Fed/State e-file program, 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.