Tax tips

GREENFIELD — The tax filing deadline is approaching, and the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging Hoosiers to us e-file to file their taxes before the April 15 deadline. 

IRS Free File is a fast, safe and free way to file a federal tax return. Filers can use a brand-name tax software or online forms.

Here are tips if you plan to use the service.

1. It’s free for everyone.

People who earn $60,000 or less can use tax software and e-file to do their taxes for free. Those who earn more than $60,000 can use Free File Fillable Forms. Those forms are accessible at

2. Use direct deposit. 

The fastest way to get your refund is to combine e-file with direct deposit. Instead of sending a check, the IRS will deposit your refund into a savings or checking account.

3. Use e-file to request an extension.

If for some reason you can’t make the April 15 deadline, you can use free file to request an extension. Make the request through IRS Free File. But remember, you have a six-month extension to file your taxes, not to pay your tax. If you think you owe, you should make an estimated payment with your extension request.

For more information about IRS Free File, visit

Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or