CHEYENNE – Active-duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation from Free File.

Free File is for individuals or families whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less last year, and is a private-public partnership between the IRS and Free File Inc.

“The IRS takes special steps to help military members and their families with their taxes, and the Free File program is part of that effort,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a news release.

For active-duty military and their spouses, Free File has a special offer. Individuals and their families who meet the income limitation may choose from any of nine companies without regard to additional eligibility requirements: 1040Now Inc., FileYourTaxes.com, FreeTaxReturns.com, H&R Block, On-Line Taxes Inc., Tax ACT, TaxHawk Inc., TaxSlayer and TurboTax.

Active-duty military stationed in combat zones also have more time to file their tax returns. However, those with spouses and families may opt to file as soon as they are able to claim various tax benefits for which they may be eligible. If only one spouse is present to file a joint return, they must have proper authorization to file a joint tax return on behalf of their spouse.

The IRS will begin processing tax returns Jan. 27. With Free File, you can use any digital device, personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Free File products are mobile enabled, so you can do your taxes on your smartphone or tablet and e-File with your handheld device.

Go to IRS.gov/FreeFile to see all Free File options. Military members can get more information on their special tax benefits at IRS.gov/military.

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