There is no reason to be intimidated by e-filing it is fast and easy and here you can learn how. First thing you will need is access to a computer with internet access, if you don't have a computer of your own that is ok! You can use a computer at a community center, library, or a friend's house to file your online tax return.
The next thing you need to do is find a program online to fill out your return this is not hard just use a search engine to find one. Follow the instructions on the screen and depending on how much information you need to input it can take anywhere from 1 hour to maybe 3 hours. A nice thing about using an online form for a tax return is that as long as you put the right number in the program will do all the math for you and should apply all the relevant deductions for you.
Electronically filing tax returns is becoming more popular due to the time it saves for both the IRS and the speed of receiving tax refunds. The IRS website has information on how to e-file as well as other ways of receiving assistance and information.
If you need help there are volunteers that can help with filling out the tax return and e-file. These Volunteers can also help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly. In addition to tax return preparation assistance, again most volunteers will also help with free electronic filing (e-filing). By taking advantage of the e-file program the time to receive your refunds can be cut in half compared to returns filed on paper; and can be even faster if when using direct deposit into one's bank account.
People aged 60 and older can receive free tax help from The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program. Trained volunteers from non-profit organizations provide free tax counseling and basic income tax return preparation for senior citizens. Non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS sometimes provide Volunteers who provide tax counseling and are often retired individuals.