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Many free tax filing options are available. Which one is the best for you depends on your income, age, and where you live. It also depends on whether you want to prepare and file your tax return yourself, or if you would like someone to prepare and file it for you.

Would you like someone to prepare your return for you?

You may be eligible for assistance at a VITA or AARP Tax-Aide Site.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assitance (VITA) is an IRS program that offers free tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers. Who Qualifies to Use Services at VITA Sites: Anyone with a household income of $54,000 per year or less and a fairly straightforward tax return.
  • AARP Tax-Aide Montana is a partnership with the IRS and AARP that offers free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income people, with preference to taxpayers age 60 and older. You may call (888) 687-2277 or visit the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information.

To find a VITA or AARP Tax-Aide site near you, visit the Tax Site Locations section on the homepage. Sites are run by trained volunteers and are located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, credit unions, and many other locations. Those with complex tax returns may NOT be eligible for assistance at a VITA or AARP Tax-Aide site.

Would you like to prepare your own tax return?

If so, the options below are available to you.

  • MyFreeTaxes.com If you made $64,000 or  less during 2016, you can file your federal and state taxes online for free with MyFreeTaxes, as well as find useful tax-related tools and information. All you need to get started is an email address and your 2016 tax forms. For assistance with MyFreeTaxes.com, call 1-855-698-9435.

  • IRS Free File allows on-line federal income tax preparation and e-filing through a partnership agreement between the IRS and members of the tax software industry. Some vendors also offer free state tax filing services as well.

  • The Montana Department of Revenue offers free electronic filing options for taxpayers. These options include the Montana Form 2EZ (short form) and Form 2 (long form), as well as Form 2EC (elderly homeowner/renter credit). All of these services are free, secure and user friendly. If you choose to e-File and use direct deposit, you may get your refund faster. *Please note that these free filing options are for Montana tax returns only and you may still have a federal filing obligation.

Helpful Hints for Preparing Your Own Return Online:

  • If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet, visit one of the free Internet locations across the state. Check out the list here.

  • If you choose to file your own tax return using one of the websites listed above, make a note of which site you use and any log-in information you create. MontanaFreeFile.org staff cannot access any tax returns or login information from the above websites. You will need to contact the website you use to prepare your return if you have questions/difficulties with your tax return.

Questions? Call 1-800-666-6899
MontanaFreeFile.org is brought to you by: Montana's Credit Unions, Montana Department of Revenue, Montana Legal Services Association, Opportunity Link Inc, RDI, and AARP Tax-Aide Montana.

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