ARIZONA - The Internal Revenue Service's Free File income tax filing service opened Jan. 17. Individuals or families with 2011 adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 or less can use Free File software.
Each of the Free File software providers sets their own eligibility requirements, usually based on qualifiers such as income, state residency, age or military status.
The easiest way to locate a software provider is to use the online "get help" tool at www.irs.gov/freefile that, with a little of a taxpayer's information such as income, age and state residency, can identify matching free-file products. Some software providers also offer state income tax preparation for free or for a fee.
Taxpayers must access the free-file products through IRS.gov.