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Free State Tax filing online (all states) — Updated for 2013 on Feb 2014

Updated on Feb 5, 2014 for Tax Year 2013.

There are a lot of free e-file options for federal returns. And most tax software charge a lot for state returns ($20-$50 per state). But every state has their own free e-file program or partners with some of the tax preparation companies to provide the service for free for lower income folks, senior citizens, young adults (<25 yrs) or active duty military personnel. And the states that offer their own e-file program (like CA or MA), offer it for free to everyone, without any income restriction or age restriction. I have compiled the information and links for free state tax filing programs for all the states below.

Free state tax filing all states

Free state tax filing list

Click on the link for each state for more information, restrictions & to start your free e-file process.

State Restrictions
Alabama Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Alaska No State income tax
Arizona Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Arkansas Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
California Pretty much everyone as long as they are a CA resident the entire year. There are some restrictions – see here.
Colorado No major restrictions. E-filing is free, but if you owe taxes, there is a fee for paying them online.
Connecticut No major restrictions.
Delaware No major restrictions.
Florida No State income tax
Georgia Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Hawaii No major restrictions. You can also do a joint filing of Federal & State taxes – Joint Filing.
Idaho Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Illinois No major restrictions.
Indiana No major restrictions.
Iowa Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Kansas No major restrictions.
Kentucky Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Louisiana No major restrictions.
Maine Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Maryland No major restrictions.
Massachusetts No major restrictions as long as you were a resident of MA the entire year.
Michigan Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Minnesota Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Mississippi Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Missouri Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Montana No major restrictions.
Nebraska Be a full-year Nebraska resident during ALL of 2010. You can also file a joint NE/Federal return here.
Nevada No State income tax
New Hampshire No State income tax
New Jersey No major restrictions except you have to be a full year NJ resident.
New Mexico No major restrictions.
New York Lower income
North Carolina Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
North Dakota Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Ohio No major restrictions.
Oklahoma Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Oregon Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Pennsylvania No major restrictions.
Rhode Island Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
South Carolina Free for lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military. They offer some reduced cost options for other tax payers.
South Dakota No State income tax
Tennessee No State income tax
Texas No State income tax
Utah No major restrictions
Vermont Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Virginia Lower income, Senior citizens, Young adults or Active duty military
Washington No State income tax
Washington DC No major restrictions
West Virginia Lower income, Active duty military or qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Wisconsin No major restrictions
Wyoming No State income tax

 

I usually file my federal tax return with TurboTax or H&R Block and file my state return for free with CA Calfile. We are paying our taxes, so we might as well make use of the resources the state provides! More than anything it is fast and free!

 

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Jackie

Nice resource! I usually just file a paper return for my state taxes, but I’m sure many people pay to e-file when they don’t need to.

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Charles

Steve–Thank you! I would love to have a list of the states that offer online AMENDED tax filing. I know only a few due. I know Massachusetts does, for one, but I would be interested in faving that list handy. You seem to be good at this type of thing. In case you were looking for your next idea.

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chris

This is the most useful piece of info i have received this year. I’ve been paying to file my state tax here in MA all this time. Never knew i could do it for free. I was prompted to search for a free option this year, as i did not even have enough to pay the state filing fee with the service i normally use online. Thanks.

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CT

Montana lets anyone, regardless of age, income bracket, or military affiliation file electronically for free via their website: https://tap.dor.mt.gov

I have electronically filed my Montana State Tax Return for free for the last 4 years via their website. The forms are all in javascript which can be a pain but it is worth it.

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Suba

Thanks a lot, CT! I have updated the Montana section.

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