IR-2021-198, October 5, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Free File remains available through Oct. 15 for those taxpayers who still need to file their 2020 tax returns.
Free File is the IRS' public-private partnership with tax preparation software industry leaders to provide their brand-name products for free.
Free File provides two ways for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax online for free:
Taxpayers who requested the six-month filing extension should complete their tax returns and file on or before the Oct. 15 deadline.
Only current year tax returns can be filed using IRS Free File. The IRS does not allow electronic filing for prior year returns through self-preparation websites.
Prior year returns can only be filed electronically by registered tax preparers for the two previous tax years. Otherwise, taxpayers must print, sign and mail prior year returns.
The IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications lists qualified local preparers.