for Immediate Release
of Revenue Introduces PA Free File, Opens Personal Income Tax Season in Coming
Taxpayers Encouraged to Visit PAFreeFile.com
before Filing Federal Returns
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue today announced that PA Free
File, which offers free, safe and convenient Internet-based, electronic filing
options, will be available this year for qualifying taxpayers to file state and federal personal income tax returns
Free File consists of software and fillable forms, both of which will be available
for free at www.pafreefile.com.
have Pennsylvania taxpayers had the option to file both federal and state returns
together for free,” said Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser. “Now the majority of
Pennsylvania filers will have access to professional tax filing software at no
cost to qualifying taxpayers or the commonwealth.”
qualify for the free software, which will be available starting Jan. 17, filers
must have federal adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less. The software is
available through reputable vendors approved to prepare state and federal
filings. Free offers vary by vendor, and details of each free offer and a link
to each vendor’s free filing product will be available at www.pafreefile.com.
For those who don’t qualify for software, starting on Jan. 31, PA Free
File will offer fillable forms, which are online versions of tax forms designed
for people who prefer to prepare their own returns. Fillable forms can be
submitted electronically or printed and mailed to the department.
For filers who want to get a jump start on their taxes, PA Free
File tax software will be available starting Jan. 17. However, refund
processing will not begin until Jan. 31, when the Internal Revenue Service and
the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue begin accepting electronic submissions.
To help taxpayers navigate the new e-filing options, the
department has developed an Internet-based interactive tool available at www.pafreefile.com. Based on a taxpayer’s answers to a few simple
questions, this tool will help determine for which e-file options each taxpayer
E-filing offers advantages not
available to taxpayers filing by paper, including error-reducing automatic
calculators, instant confirmation of successful filing, faster refund
processing and direct deposit options. E-filing is also more cost-effective for
the department, as electronically filed returns are less expensive to process
and don’t require department printing or mailing.
The Department of Revenue urges tax filers to visit www.pafreefile.com before
filing federal taxes to determine what Free File options they qualify for.
Other Filing Options
Padirectfile, a state-only filing system, will be available
starting Feb. 3 to file 2013 income tax returns, but this system will be not be
available next year. TeleFile, another state-only filing system, has been
The Department of Revenue expects to save about $500,000 by no
longer printing and mailing TeleFile books, and by eliminating contract costs
to maintain the state-only filing systems.
Many paid tax preparers and software providers that offer
e-filing for a fee are currently preparing returns, although these returns will
also be held by preparers until state and federal tax processing systems open
tax forms and instructions will be available at www.revenue.state.pa.us
on Jan. 31. The department will not automatically print or mail traditional
PA-40 personal income tax books this year, saving an additional $194,000. The
department will make available, upon request, the PA-40IN Instruction Booklet and
pre-printed forms to those who call 1-800-362-2050.
Service and Assistance
Personal income tax help is available
through the department’s Online Customer Service Center at www.revenue.state.pa.us
and by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through
Taxpayers with annual incomes of $35,000 or less may also visit a Revenue
district office, listed in the government pages of local phone directories, for
basic state personal income tax filing help. Help at district offices is
available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and taxpayers are
encouraged to bring their Social Security cards with them to facilitate tax
All taxpayers who received more than $33
in total gross taxable income in 2013 must file Pennsylvania personal income
tax returns by midnight, Tuesday, April 15.
For more information, visit www.pafreefile.com
contact: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960