Still working on your taxes? IRS’ interactive tax wizard can answer all your burning questions

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Do you have burning tax questions? The Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) on IRS.gov can give you answers to several tax-related questions, such as whether or not you need to file a tax return, whether you can claim a dependent, whether the type income you have is taxable, if you qualify for a credit or if you can deduct expenses. Some questions about the status of your current case can also be answered.

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To use the tool, enter “ITA” into the search on the IRS website – or visit IRS.gov/help/ita. You can find topics through the search function or by selecting one of the categories listed. You may need to collect certain information to use the tool, such as the amount of income you have earned, as well as figures for taxes owing or credits you are claiming. The tool will also tell you the estimated completion time for the selected task. Click “Start” and then “Continue” to continue.

The ITA tool will guide you through a series of questions. You can also use the Review/Start options at the top of the page to adjust answers. When you reach the answer page, you can print the entire interview and the final answer.

The IRS states that all information you provide is anonymous and will not be shared, stored, or used in any way other than to answer your questions.

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If you need to file taxes, you can do it for free using IRS Free File. This program allows you to prepare and file your federal income taxes online using guided tax preparation on an IRS partner site or by completing free fillable forms. Guided tax preparation is available for taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) of $73,000 or less. Free fillable forms are available for those with an AGI over $73,000.

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