(WAND) - Active duty military personnel can get free tax help through the IRS Free File program.
The Internal Revenue Service Free File is for individuals or families whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less last year. Free File is a private-public partnership between the IRS and the Free File Inc.
"The IRS takes special steps to help military members and their families with their taxes, and the Free File program is part of that effort," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Almost 10% of the IRS workforce are veterans. We greatly appreciate the service to the nation of every veteran and their supportive families, and we will do all we can to assist them."
Those who meet the income limitation can 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. Those with spouses and families may opt to file as soon as they are able.
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.
The IRS will begin processing tax returns on Jan. 27.
Here's how Free File works:
1. Go to IRS.gov/FreeFile to see all Free File options.
2. Military personnel who meet the income requirement can select from any of 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. One product is in Spanish.
3. Select a provider and follow the links to their web page to begin your tax return.
4. Complete and e-File your tax return only if you have all the income and deduction records you need. The fastest way to get a refund is by filing electronically and selecting direct deposit. If you owe, use direct pay or electronic options.
Free File is available now through October to accommodate extension filers.