Free Tax Preparation and Assistance Available


Why pay for tax preparation and filing software when you don't have to? Free tax preparation services are once again available to active duty members, retirees, veterans, and their families.

Free Tax Preparation Options

Most commercial tax preparation software offers free filing options for military members or those who make less than a certain amount of money. If your 2019 adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less, you may find one or more free file online options for you. Review each company's offer to make sure you qualify for a free federal return. Some companies offer free state tax returns; others may charge a fee.

Check out the IRS website for more details.

Many states also offer free filing online. Check out our State Tax Information page for details.

Free Tax Filing for Active Duty Members & Reservists

TurboTax offers free use of their deluxe, premier and self-employed versions for all active duty and reserve enlisted members. You can prepare and file your federal and state taxes for free.

Military OneSource in a partnership with H&R Block offers free state and federal tax preparation and filing for active duty Army, Air Force, Marines & Navy members. The partnership uses software developed specifically to address the realities and tax scenarios of military life. 

Military OneSource Personalized Tax Help

MilTax consultants with Military OneSource are specially trained to help with unique tax situations specific to service members and their families. Help is available around the clock.

Free Tax Preparation for Coast Guard Members

Free online tax filing through HR Block is available at the CGSUPRT portal

This is the same free tax preparation program you may have used in past years. So, if you created an H&R Block account last year, your login credentials for that account will still work and you will be able to access last year's personal tax information.

If you have questions about this tax service or about your own tax returns, please call 855-CG SUPRT (247-8778) and ask to schedule an appointment with a CG SUPRT tax consultant. Trained tax consultants are available 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., EST by appointment.

Free Tax Preparation for Retirees and Veterans

Retirees can receive free tax advice and preparation assistance through Military Judge Advocate General (JAG) offices. See our Free Legal Assistance Page for more details.

Veterans who make $56,000 or less may receive free tax advice and preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. See the IRS website for more details

AARP offers free tax advice and preparation assistance to low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention given to those 60 and older. See the AARP website for more details.

There are many other service available at the local and community level. A good place to check for help is your local library.

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