How to File Your State Taxes Online for Free in Pennsylvania

by Bonnie Conrad ; Updated July 27, 2017
Pennsylvania makes it easy for residents to file their taxes.

Items you will need

  • W2 form
  • Previous year's tax return
  • Income information

If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, you have a number of options when it comes time to file your income taxes with the Commonwealth. Taxpayers can file their simple returns over the phone simply by calling 888-4-PA-FILE. Residents also have the option of mailing in a paper return, but many prefer the convenience of filing their taxes electronically.

Step 1

Gather all of your income information before you begin. It is important to have all your documentation ready before signing onto the Pennsylvania e-file system.

Step 2

Open your Internet browser and go to Pa.direct.file.state.pa.us/authentication.asp. Click on the "who can file" link to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.

Step 3

Choose your authentication method and click "Continue." Pennsylvania provides a number of ways for users to verify their identities, including driver's license information and the amount of last year's tax return.

Step 4

Enter your income and withholding information as requested and click "File" to file your return electronically. Wait until you receive confirmation that your return has been filed.

About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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