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Wondering If You Qualify to File Your Taxes for Free?

INDIANAPOLIS —Last year, nearly 1.8 million Hoosiers may have missed out on free electronic tax filing by not taking advantage of the Indiana Department of Revenue’s (DOR) Indiana free file (INfreefile) program to file their individual taxes.

Indiana individual income tax return filers with an adjusted gross income of $72,000 or less may qualify to file both their state and federal taxes for no cost with INfreefile. In partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and industry-leading tax preparation software vendors, INfreefile has been offering free online tax filing services to Hoosiers for 18 years and uses the same electronic question-and-answer style vendor software most electronic filers pay to use.

 “While nearly 60% of Hoosier taxpayers qualified for at least one INfreefile offer in 2020, only about 3% took advantage of this filing option,” stated DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes. “We are always encouraging Hoosiers to file electronically – it’s the more secure filing experience with significantly fewer errors and refunds are issued three times faster – and INfreefile offers an additional feature of being free.”

The four participating 2021 INfreefile vendors, listed alphabetically, include:

  • OLT
  • TaxAct
  • TaxSlayer
  • TurboTax

Each participating vendor has different free filing criteria, so Indiana filers should do their research and choose the best vendor to fit their needs.  To access INfreefile software and a complete list of qualifications by vendor, visit DOR’s website at freefile.dor.in.gov.

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