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The IRS has announced a significant expansion of its Direct File program for the 2025 filing season, with Oregon being the first new state to participate.

Traditionally, filing federal income taxes involved either manual calculations or professional tax preparers. The IRS's Direct File program aims to simplify this process.

The Direct File initiative allows taxpayers to electronically file their federal tax returns directly with the IRS for free, providing a secure and cost-effective option.

Launched as a pilot in the 2024 filing season, the program was available in 12 states and saw over 140,000 taxpayers claim a combined $90 million in refunds, saving $5.6 million on tax prep fees.

Oregon's inclusion in the Direct File program marks a critical step forward, paving the way for more states to join and offering free filing to a wider range of taxpayers.

The program primarily caters to individuals with straightforward tax situations, such as those with a single W-2 employer, standard deductions, no dependents, and no business or significant investment income.

Key benefits include free and secure filing, faster refunds due to electronic processing, and a user-friendly interface that guides taxpayers through the filing process step-by-step.

Taxpayers with more complex returns can still use the IRS Free File program, low-cost preparation services, or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation help.