A Dozen States Involved in IRS Direct File Pilot Program

The IRS is piloting a free direct file program, but not all taxpayers can use it right away.

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The IRS is launching its free Direct File pilot program for the 2024 tax filing season (2023 tax returns). The program will initially be limited to a select group of taxpayers in 12 states. But the IRS plans to extend the pilot's availability to more taxpayers in those states by mid-March before 2023 federal tax returns are due. 

If successful, the IRS Direct File program could rival current tax preparation companies, including Intuit TurboTax and H&R Block.

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.