If you're a first-time tax filer with an adjusted gross income of 69-thousand-dollars or less, you qualify for free file at IRS-dot-gov. It means free tax preparation, free electronic filing and free direct deposit.
For the record, ten brand name tax software providers have partnered with the IRS to offer their online products for free. Tax experts note you may need more guidance from a professional tax preparer, if your tax return is more complicated than simply filing a W-2 or 1099.
Also, remember if you're single and making under 12-thousand-dollars a year, you don't have to file at all.