EVERYONE is Eligible to Free File!
Everyone? Including Americans abroad? Even those with foreign addresses, senior citizens, the working middle class or the wealthy?
if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income… are generally the same whether you are living in the U.S. or abroad.
The rules for filing income are generally the same for those living abroad? Really? Seems hard to believe. Let’s put it to the test.
Well, forget Free File Fillable Forms.
Foreign Addresses – Free File Fillable Forms does not currently support foreign addresses on the Form 1040 or on income documents (W2’s or 1099’s).
That scratches the IRS, the one making the claim, from qualifying. This is rather ironic, considering:
U.S. citizen or resident alien, you must report income from all sources within and outside of the U.S.
Americans living abroad must report their income even though the IRS refuses to accept their foreign address with freefile, contrary to its own claims?
We’re sorry, foreign mailing addresses for the main address on your tax return are not supported by our software.
That scratches FreeTaxUSA from the list, given that it likely figures that USA tax is for people in the USA?
You can generally use YES I-CAN!™ E-File unless you (or your spouse, if filing together) are in the military, are a church employee, are a non-resident alien, sold real estate or you or your employer have a non-US address.
Must be a typo. NoICannotFile.org would be the correct site, yet such honesty would violate the “EVERYONE is Eligible to Free File” claim.
OTP does not support the entry of foreign addresses
OffshoreTaxProhibition.com would work better in this context. That scratches another from the list.
Not supported… foreign income (if you worked or had investments abroad)
Well now, easy tax return is actually not so easy at all! Try filing while being denied the ability to do so. Such sure wasn’t easy to me. Nonotaxreturn.com would be a better name for that site. Another down and we are running of possibilities!
You Qualify for Free* federal filing if… Your AGI is $57000 or less and you live in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, WI, or WV then you are entitled to free federal tax preparation, printing & e-filing
I guess that CH is not a US State, probably because it has a foreign address. Thus, www.taxpain.org is scratched from the list too, unless one is under under 66 and asks the right person to manually enter the foreign address. A similar conditions apply to 1040Now.net
You qualify for free tax preparation, printing, & e-filing if your adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less and you are age 19 through 55 years old. Offer valid in all states.
Holy smoke! TaxACT accepts foreign addresses, as long as the foreign address is in the country of “America”, since no other country can be entered. Yet, even if one lives at a foreign address in America, one is still denied the right to free-file if one is younger than 19, older than 55 or if one has an AGI greater than $57000. Yet, TaxACT also writes:
FREE for Everyone – No restrictions or gimmicks
So, if one avoids the IRS freefile and goes directly to TaxACT.com, then maybe the restrictions don’t apply as long as one lives at a foreign address in America? I hope you are not confused, because I sure am.
Adjusted Gross Income: between $12,050 and $57,000, and
Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
Wow, OLT strangely realized that Americans abroad do not live in America! Now, that could seem shocking, except that an AGI between $12050 and $57,000 excludes just about everyone and anyone who lives abroad. Similar conditions apply to FileYourTaxes. Now, somebody has got to be able to free file, one would think…
Your age is 52 or under and your AGI is less than $57000
Cool! Another company that realizes that not all Americans live in America, and they even accept most Americans abroad with an AGI under $57000. Yet, they exclude the wealthy and senior citizens. Well, that’s not EVERYONE. How rude! Similar conditions apply to H&R Block, eSmartTax and TaxSlayer. Oh, wait, there’s one more:
Yes. Starting on March 15, 2012, you will be able to e-file a federal tax return with a foreign or U.S. Possession mailing address… Similarly, you’ll need a U.S. bank account or credit card to pay owed taxes and product fees. TurboTax Refund Card and Refund Processing Services require a U.S. address or APO/FPO/DPO address. Free products which require registration in lieu of payment require a U.S. address or APO/FPO/DPO address.
You earned $31000 or less or were Active Duty Military or you qualified for the Earned Income Credit
That still excludes senior citizens and the wealthy from “everyone”, one can’t get a refund unless one has US address, one can’t pay taxes unless one has a bank account or credit card in another country where one doesn’t live and one can’t enjoy free products unless one has a US address. Getting a bank account, credit card or mailing address in another country where one does not live is not always an easy task.
Thus, the “EVERYONE is Eligible to Free File” claim is false and the rules for filing income are also not the same as those living in the US. The US government, can only be ashamed when promoting this non-functioning condition of citizenship-based taxation.
@swisspinoy I’m not advocating actually giving them a number that you use. Just sign up for one and give it to em. That’s good enough.
*Dan, I know what you mean. I’m thinking more along the lines that the IRS wants to tax the foreign income of 800k+ folks in Canada while expecting them to pay for international calling plans and maybe 15 cents per minute to dial the IRS, only to hold on the phone for hours to discover that the IRS can’t answer their questions anyways. Yet, for $2.95/month, the IRS could provide Canadians with a domestic number to call the IRS in the US. If American politicians really want to insist that it is logical to tax unrepresented folks abroad who’s vote is diluted among the 50 States, then they should, at the very least, pay the $2.95/month so that people in Canada can dial a Canadian number. But, nah. American politicians usually seem more willing to tax the unrepresented taxed, than to provide them with inexpensive services.
Won’t happen – Its un-American to have a non-US phone number 😛
@swisspinoy, if they feel like tracking me down for something, they are more than willing to try. better folks than them have tried and failed. And when/if they actually do succeed, they can just go ahead and pay for the signature-required delivery (which I never sign for unless I know what it is and want… and the companies here tend to just send back as undeliverable, charging their account regardless).
US credit reports: all fake or meaningless information
US bank accounts: opened in the name of my NRA spouse who has never been reported as my spouse.
Online numbers are for business purposes only and I just flat out blacklist any call I don’t like, sorry, caller id required or it’ll just bounce.
Obviously never ever register with the us embassy while abroad, never give any information as to what I’m actually doing abroad, never fly on US carriers. Any refunds that come in from the tax returns… meh, sure, it’s electronic, to an online account with a bunch of fake/outdated info on it, then sucked out in cash over here. Good for you IRS, you know I have an old ING account from 10 years ago.
Meh, but that’s just me I guess. I don’t want the stooges to know anything about me… just makes life simpler.
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I know this is an old posting and many of these now accept foreign address – but in case someone checks this, does anyone know if there is a free file that is available for someone with low income but is required to file Form 8938?
For 2017 Tax Year Publication 54 Cat. No. 14999E
Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad for use in preparing 2017 Returns
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf (7. How to Get Tax Help)– one of the links in this section might answer the question, Ann.