KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tax experts recommend filing your return during what’s described as the season's lull, the period between the initial crunch when the early birds file first and the last-minute push made up mostly by people who have to pay.
This month, Consumer Reports magazine wrote about free options when it comes to filing your income taxes. The IRS offers a free way to file for those who earn $58,000 or less. The federal agency reports 70 percent of taxpayers, about 100 million individuals and families, fall into that category. They can use brand-name software offered by 14 tax software providers.
Taxpayers in Kansas and Missouri can also file their state return for free. Last year, almost 70,000 Missouri taxpayers used Free File to prepare their federal tax return for free, the IRS reports.
"Since 1986, people have been filing electronically. In all that time, more than a billion individual tax returns, we've never had a security breach,” Michael Devine said, the IRS regional spokesman out of St. Louis.
To access Free File, go to IRS.gov and select Free File.
Help to low or a moderate income family is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. To find a site near you, check the IRS's locator tool here: http://1.usa.gov/1mDGJ5b
Help is also available to people 60 and older. Most of the locations are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aid Program. Find a site near you here: http://bit.ly/1gxLSnU