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Published: Apr 11, 2024 10 min read
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Procrastinated on your taxes? You're not alone: According to its latest filing statistics, the IRS has received just over 90 million of the 146 million individual income tax returns it expects to get before the deadline.

Regardless of what your excuse is, it's probably time to get moving, as the 2024 tax filing season is officially winding down. Luckily for you, Money has a bunch of well-researched tax stories with tips that'll make doing your taxes fast, easy and cheap.

Here are 11 common questions (and answers) about this year's tax filing season:

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How do I file taxes?

There are tons of ways you can file your 2023 tax return, but we recommend starting with the free services.

If your adjusted gross income, or AGI, for 2023 is under $79,000, you qualify for free guided tax preparation through the IRS Free File program. This year, IRS Free File has eight name-brand partners, including TaxAct and Some of these companies put additional restrictions on who can use them, so check your eligibility before starting.

This year has also seen the IRS test Direct File, its own free tax tool. During the pilot phase, certain taxpayers in 12 states may qualify to file their federal taxes for free. In its current stage, IRS Direct File is targeted at folks with simple tax situations, like those who have W-2 wages under $200,000.

Depending on how complicated your taxes are, you may also be able to file for free through a third party like Cash App or H&R Block.

Keep in mind these are resources largely for federal taxes — if you live (and/or work) in one of the 41 states that tax wages, you're likely on the hook for state taxes, as well.