The UF International Center provides international students and scholars with a free international tax return preparation program known as GTP. It is made available each spring in the beginning of February through a secure portal.
You are not eligible to file as a resident unless you have been in the US at least 5 years.
An email is sent each spring from the UF International Center to the exchange visitor community about gaining access to the software.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is the free income tax assistance for those making $52,000 or less in 2013. Go to the IRS site (http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers) search Gainesville to find a VITA site near you.
U.S. Tax Information for Nonresident Aliens:
For postdocs who were students in 2012: Tuition and Fees Deduction Information
Tax Information for Domestic Residents:
IRS Free File
The Internal Revenue Service and its private-sector partners are again making Free File available to anyone with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $58,000 or less in 2013. Many taxpayers can have free use of helpful tax preparation software and free electronic filing of their federal tax returns. Please visit the Free File website at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free.