The IRS is going to test a free online tax prep service next year

Colorful image of the IRS logo with several small images surrounding of smartphones and financial-themed drawings.
The IRS may debut its own Direct File tax prep system if its test goes well. | Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

We’re a little closer to getting to file our taxes directly with the IRS. The agency just submitted a report to Congress detailing plans to launch a test run of free, government-run tax filing software for the 2024 filing season. If the free direct e-file system is successful and the government rolls it out to the rest of the country, maybe we’ll get to do an end run around tax filing corporate giants like Intuit when we file without poring over endless convoluted forms and calculations.

Who knows? Maybe this will even open the door to pre-filled tax forms that we only have to confirm rather than anxiously filling out numbers the government already knows. After all, the IRS seems to know when you got it wrong, so why not let it just…

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