State tax filing
- Can I just file a state return?
- I already filed my federal tax return elsewhere. Can I e-file only my state return?
- How do I correct my state tax return before completing the filing process?
- Do I need to resubmit my state tax return if my e-filed federal tax return is rejected?
- Can I choose to not e-file my state tax return?
- Can I file just a state tax return?
If you filed your federal return with us, it's easy. You just need to sign in to your account again and go through the state screens to make sure the state return is complete, then go to the Filing Method screen at the end of the application, choose to e-file the state return, and click Save and Continue. If your federal return was e-filed using our software and has been accepted by the IRS, our software will automatically e-file only the state tax return without e-filing the federal return.
If you filed your federal return somewhere else, you can still file a state tax return using FREETAXUSA. You'll need to fill in all of your federal tax information as shown on the federal tax return you already mailed or e-filed since the federal information is the starting point for state returns. Make sure the federal tax return on your account matches the federal tax return you mailed or e-filed already. On the Filing Method screen, choose to mail your federal return. You can then choose to either e-file your state return or mail your state return. The software will prompt you to mail your federal return, but you can ignore that if you have already filed your federal tax return.
When you get near the end of the program to the Filing Method screen, choose to mail your federal return, and choose to e-file your state tax return. After you click the Send Tax Return button, you will go to a screen that tells you about mailing your federal tax return, but you can ignore those instructions since you already filed your federal return.
California and Massachusetts have their own electronic transmission system, so if your federal tax return is rejected, you do NOT need to resubmit your California or Massachusetts return for electronic processing.
On the Filing Method screen, choose Mail your federal tax return to the question that asks how you would like to file your federal return. You can then either choose to e-file your state return or to mail your state return.
We'll prompt you to mail your federal return, but you can ignore that if you've already filed your federal tax return.