Tax season is  just about here, but there is a little less pressure to file quickly.

This season, the fedeal tax deadline has been extended to April 17th. That's because the usual deadline, April 15th, falls on a weekend and the following Monday is Empancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.

You can start e-filing your return to the IRS on Jan. 17. Also, the IRS offers Free File for taxpayers making up to $57,000. They can choose from about 20 tax preparer software programs to file your return.

Do-it-yourselfers who earn more might want to try Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of IRS forms that can be filled out and submitted online for free.

Or, if your income is up to $50,000, you can take advantage of the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation.