The tax filing deadline is one week away. Here’s how Pa. residents can file for free online

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    The tax filing deadline is one week away, and with help from a free tool, Pennsylvanians now can complete the process online. Following an extension, taxpayers have until May 17 to file their 2020 personal income tax returns and to make final income tax payments. 

    In a statement Monday, the Department of Revenue reminded residents that its online myPATH tool can provide assistance with filing state returns and making payments.

    “myPATH offers Pennsylvania taxpayers a free option to quickly file their returns and to ensure they receive their refunds as soon as possible if they are expecting one,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a statement the agency released on Monday. “If you’re looking to save some money this tax season and avoid paying a fee for filing your Pennsylvania return, myPATH is a great option.”

    To access the tool, visit mypath.pa.gov. Most taxpayers will be able to file their Pennsylvania income tax return and make tax payments. The online tool also provides access to error-reducing, automatic calculations and confirms that returns have been filed, according to the Department of Revenue.

    Taxpayers do not need to create a username or password to perform many of the functions included in myPATH. If users choose to create an account, they can update and view detailed account information and notices, the Revenue Department said.

    They also may manage third-party access to their account — meaning they can grant access to a tax professional, or another person, to file and make payments on their behalf.

    There are other free electronic filing options available for state and federal returns that use software from a reputable vendor; more information is available on the Department of Revenue’s website.

    Assistance with personal income tax assistance is also available through the department’s online customer service center and by calling 717-787-8201 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are required to receive in-person assistance at district offices, which are open in a limited capacity.

    Marley Parish
    A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.