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File your income tax forms online for FREE

by Lynn Lenart, Law Librarian on February 27, 2009

in Legal Resources,Lynn Lenart


Free Income Tax Forms, free tax filing and other tax information on government web sites.


Federal Taxes- United States Internal Revenue Service

At the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site you can download tax forms, check the status of your tax refund, get a copy of your submitted tax return, and set up a payment plan for taxes you may owe.

You can also file and submit tax forms right on the IRS web site.  If you make $56,000 or less a year, you may qualify for FREE FILE.  Click on FREE FILE on the IRS web page.  If you do not qualify for the "FREE FILE" option, you can still file free using certain tax software.  At the IRS web page click on "e-file."  There will be instructions on which tax software will allow an you to file online free.

Questions about federal taxes?  Contact your local IRS office in Ohio.


State Taxes- Ohio Department of Taxation

Get copies of state tax forms, file income taxes online FREE (use the I-File option; no special tax software is needed), and check the status of your refund, are just a few of the services and information available at the state site.

Questions concerning your state taxes?  Contact the Ohio Department of Taxation.


City Taxes – City of Akron Income Tax Division

Free E-Filing online (no special tax software is needed), copies of City Income Tax Forms, JEDD (Joint Economic Development Districts) Income Tax forms, and an estimate payment worksheet are on the Akron Income Tax Division web site.  See the web page for more information.  For questions concerning Akron City Income Tax contact the Akron Income Tax Division.  

Need tax forms from other cities?  Go to this web site.    



Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.)

R.I.T.A. is a non-profit agency that collects income tax for 157 municipalities in the State of Ohio.  Does this include your town? 

Municipalities in Summit that participates in R.I.T.A.:

Boston Heights





New Franklin


Silver Lake


This site allows you to make a payment, register as a new R.I.T.A. taxpayer, E-File the R.I.T.A. tax (FREE and no special tax software is needed), and more.

Questions about R.I.T.A. tax collection, contact R.I.T.A.

For a list of towns outside of Summit County that participate in R.I.T.A. go to this map and then click on your county.

In my next post we will look at where online to go for Federal law. 



SGNH March 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I tried the IRS offers free filing at,,id=118986,00.html and it is really easy.

They also offer a freebie where if you text BESTFREE to 62407 and vote for what you think the best free things in life you can download free wallpaper to your phone. Kinda cute for a government agency :)

SGNH March 12, 2009 at 10:49 am

oh, I just noticed a typo in my post: You are supposed to text BEST (not BESTFREE) to 62407. That will get you to vote for the best free things in life. There is also information on free filing.

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