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Taxpayer e-Files Return

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Most taxpayers can file their tax returns electronically. There are multiple e-filing options for individuals taxpayers — IRS Free File or Fillable Forms; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly tax return preparation sites; commercial software; and authorized e-file providers.

You cannot e-file if you're:

  • Claiming a dependent who was already claimed on another tax return;
  • Filing before or after the e-file season (generally January 15 through October 15 each year);
  • Filing a prior year tax return; or
  • Filing with certain IRS forms.

If you e-file

The IRS will notify you within 24 hours if your tax return was received and accepted or if it’s being rejected.

If you owe taxes on your tax return, you can schedule the payment to be deducted from your bank account or mail a check, cashier’s check, or money order to the IRS (make it payable to the U.S. Treasury). To avoid any additional charges for late payment, schedule your payment to be deducted on any day up to the due date of the tax return, or mail your payment in time to be received at the IRS by that date. If you mail a payment, you can expect the IRS to cash it within a week or two of receipt.

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If you still need help

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayers’ rights. We can offer you help if your tax problem is causing a financial difficulty, you’ve tried and been unable to resolve your issue with the IRS, or you believe an IRS system, process, or procedure just isn’t working as it should. If you qualify for our assistance, which is always free, we will do everything possible to help you.

Visit dev.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov or call 1-877-777-4778.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS and TAS. LITCs represent individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve tax problems with the IRS. LITCs can represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes before the IRS and in court. In addition, LITCs can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a small fee. For more information or to find an LITC near you, see the LITC page on the TAS website or Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.