Want to File Your State Taxes for Free? Here’s How

If you live or earn income in one of the 42 states that charge income tax, you’ll probably need to file a state tax return around the same time that you file your federal income tax return. Here’s a quick look at how to do it for free with TaxSlayer. 

Can I file my state taxes for free? 

That depends. You can file a state tax return for free with TaxSlayer if you qualify for TaxSlayer Simply Free.

Simply Free is available to you if your taxable income is less than $100,000, you don’t claim dependents, your status is single or married filing jointly, and your income only comes from wages, salaries, tips, taxable interest of $1,500 or less and/or unemployment compensation. You must also claim the standard deduction.  

If your tax situation is slightly more complex and you don’t meet the requirements above, you can file your federal and state returns with TaxSlayer Classic instead for less than the other guys.

Do I have to file a state tax return? 

If you live in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming, your state does not impose an income tax, meaning you do not have to file a tax return for that state. New Hampshire and Tennessee do not have income tax either, but they do tax dividend and interest income, so you may have to file a return for those states.

All other states have income tax, but the rates and filing requirements vary from state to state. for Check your state’s department of revenue or taxation website to find out if you should file a state return this year.  

See more state and local tax information here.

Do you live in one state and work in another? Here’s what you need to know about filing your state taxes.

The information in this article is up to date through tax year 2021 (taxes filed 2022).  

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