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Do you qualify for a basic federal tax return?

See if you qualify for free federal filing for basic returns by reading the list of tax situations below. We’ll go over what is covered and what situations are not covered:

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Situations covered:

(assuming no added tax complexity)

  • W-2 income

  • Unemployment income

  • Retirement income

  • Child Tax Credits

  • Earned Income Credits

  • Stimulus Credit

  • Dependents

  • Current students

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Situations not covered:

  • Investment income: Stock, interest, dividends, crypto, or capital gains/losses

  • Sale of home, real estate taxes, mortgage interest, or rental property income

  • Royalty, trusts, and foreign accounts

  • Business and farm income

  • Itemized deductions

  • Adoption credits and child and dependent care

  • Student loan interest

  • Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Freelance, contractor, side hustle, or self-employed income and expenses

If you don’t qualify for a basic federal tax return, we have other paid tax filing options to help you easily file taxes online with TaxAct.