You may qualify to file your taxes for free with the IRS Direct File Pilot Program

FILE - Part of a 1040 US Individual Income Tax Return form is shown July 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

By Jessica Swarner

March 27, 2024

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed in 2022, provided the investment to create the new IRS program. 

It’s already that time of year again—Tax Day is coming up on April 15.

This year, though, Arizona has something working in its favor that could make filing taxes a lot easier. 

The IRS’ new Direct File Pilot Program—which allows taxpayers to file for free directly with the IRS—is only available in 12 states, and Arizona is one of them. 

The IRS estimated that 690,000 taxpayers in the state qualify to use the new tool.

Why is this program (that tax-filing software companies have been fighting for years!) available now? The investment came from the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in 2022.

“Direct File ensures taxpayers get their full refund by showing them the numbers and explaining credits they are eligible for,” Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said in a press release. “Our priority in launching this new service is to save taxpayers time and money they can spend on themselves and their families.”   

The other states where Direct File is available are:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas 
  • Washington 
  • Wyoming


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  • Jessica Swarner

    Jessica Swarner is the community editor for The Copper Courier. She is an ASU alumna and previously worked at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix.



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