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Members of the military can take advantage of special offer to file taxes for free.

By Howard C. Stross
January 27, 2020

If you or someone you know is an active duty military personnel, the active military person has multiple options for free federal tax preparation. IRS Free File allows taxpayers to prepare and file their federal individual income tax return for free using brand name tax-preparation-and-filing software.

While Free File is for individuals or families whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less last year, there’s a special offer for active duty military and their spouses. Members of military and their families who meet the income limitation may choose from any of nine companies without regard to additional eligibility requirements.

Active duty military stationed in combat zones also have more time to file their tax returns. However, those with spouses and families may opt to file when they can claim various tax benefits for which they may be eligible. If only one spouse is present to file a joint return, they must have proper authorization to file a joint tax return on behalf of their spouse.

With Free File, you can use any digital device, personal computer, tablet, or smart phone. Here’s how it works:

  • The taxpayer goes to the Free File page on to see all Free File options.
  • Military personnel who meet the income requirement can select from the nine providers that have “Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $69,000 or less” in their offer. Nine of the 10 partners are making the offer. Two products are in Spanish.
  • The taxpayer selects a provider and follows the links to their web page to begin their tax return.
  • They then complete and e-File their tax return. They will do so only if they have all the income and deduction records needed to file. The fastest way to get a refund is by filing electronically and selecting direct deposit. If a taxpayer owes, they can use direct pay or electronic options.

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