Durbin Urges Eligible Illinoisans to Take Advantage of Free Online Tax Assistance

Qualifying Taxpayers Can Visit IRS.gov to Prepare and E-File Federal Tax Returns for Free

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] With the deadline for filing federal tax returns rapidly approaching, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today encouraged qualifying Illinoisans to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the IRS Free File program. The program allows taxpayers with a 2011 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or lower to have their federal tax returns prepared, completed and e-filed at no cost.


“This program provides a valuable service at no cost to low- and middle-income families that don’t have the resources to hire a professional to file their taxes. I encourage all eligible Illinoisans to take advantage of this service in order to maximize their tax return benefits,” Durbin said.


To file tax returns for free, eligible taxpayers should visit the IRS Free File website—www.IRS.gov—and click on the “Free File” icon. Users can access a list of Free File Alliance member companies and either choose the one that fits their needs, or utilize the “help me find a company” tool. After selecting a tax software company, users will be transferred to the company's website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns. The service is also available in Spanish.


More information can be found here: www.freefile.irs.gov