Electronic income

Yes, you can file your Pennsylvania income taxes online for free. here’s how

Tax Day is just a week away, and Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to prepare state and federal taxes online for free.

This year’s deadline for filing personal income taxes is Monday, April 18. The date was moved from the usual April 15 because Washington, DC observes a regional holiday, called Emancipation Day, this Friday.

Although providers such as eFile, FreeTaxUSA, H&R Block, and TurboTax offer some online services for free, sometimes the offer only covers simple filings and may not apply to state tax preparation.

But in Pennsylvania, filers can prepare their state taxes for free at mypath.pa.gov. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue hosts the service, which does not require a username or password.

The site allows users to file the Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax Return (PA-40), make payments, respond to service inquiries, and check their refund status. The platform can handle a range of tax documents, including federal W-2 and 1099-MISC forms.

Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less can also benefit from free guided federal tax preparation services. The IRS lists eight free file options on its website. This too offers a free form to fill out for those with adjusted gross income over $73,000, though it warns users that they should know how to prepare their own tax returns using the form’s instructions and IRS resources.

As of April 1, the IRS had Published 63 million refunds averaging around $3,200 each.