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Arizona Launches Free Electronic Tax Filing Through IRS and State Direct File Program

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The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new service that promises to streamline the tax filing process for many Arizonans. Starting March 12, 2024, the IRS Direct File and Arizona's integrated state filing tool, FileYourStateTaxes, will be available, offering eligible taxpayers a complimentary method to file their federal and state tax returns electronically.

This innovative program is a significant stride towards simplifying the tax filing procedure, enabling taxpayers to file both their federal and state returns seamlessly and without any associated fees. Initially, this service will cater to a select group of eligible taxpayers, focusing on those with straightforward tax situations.

As the program kicks off this week, it undergoes its final testing phase, accessible 24/7 at directfile.irs.gov, although brief closures may occur if user capacity is exceeded. An important note for Arizona residents: those who benefited from the Arizona Families Tax Rebate in 2023 are ineligible for Direct File this year due to the need to report this income on a federal return with a 1099-MISC form.

Arizona joins an exclusive group of states in this pilot initiative, including New York, Massachusetts, and California. These states are pioneering a federal-state partnership to facilitate an integrated e-filing experience, with Arizona leveraging technology developed by Code for America to ensure a user-friendly, equitable service.

To qualify for this free service, filers must meet specific criteria, such as:

  • residing in Arizona throughout 2023 without out-of-state income
  • and their earnings should primarily come from wages, Social Security, unemployment benefits, or limited interest income. 

The platform is designed to support those wishing to claim common credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, provided they don't have self-employment income or received the Arizona Families Tax Rebate last year.

This initiative is not merely about convenience; it's a step toward making tax services more accessible and equitable, reducing the complexity and cost associated with tax filing. By offering an integrated solution for federal and state returns, Arizona is at the forefront of creating a more streamlined and stress-free experience for taxpayers.

For Arizonans, this means a simpler, faster, and cost-free way to fulfill their tax obligations, setting a precedent that could inspire a nationwide adoption in the future. To determine your eligibility or to start filing, please visit directfile.irs.gov or fileyourstatetaxes.org. Embrace this new era of tax filing and join Arizona in taking advantage of this innovative service.
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