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Millions of Senior Citizens Eligible for IRS Free File Program: Preparation, E-Filing

100 million Americans are eligible to access free online tax software at IRS web site

April 13, 2012 – Many senior citizens are certainly among the millions of Americans that should consider the IRS Free File program before the April 17 tax filing deadline. IRS Free File provides free online tax software for all Americans with a 2011 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less.

The Free File Alliance is a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service. The service can be accessed at www.irs.gov/freefile.

 “IRS Free File is the smart decision for taxpayers who want step-by-step tax help without the cost,” said Tim Hugo, Executive Director of the Free File Alliance. “The service is a portal to free tax software that completely simplifies the filing process and can deliver your refund in as little as 10 days. Free File is the fast and free option for last-minute filers.”

 

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IRS Free File provides comprehensive, step-by-step federal return preparation and e-filing assistance for about 100 million Americans—or 70 percent of taxpayers. All Free File software offers a suite of commonly used forms that fit most tax situations.

Taxpayers can access IRS Free File via the IRS website, www.irs.gov/freefile. After selecting the “Free File” option, users will find a list of Free File Alliance member companies, and may either choose the one that fits their needs or utilize the “help me find a company” tool.

Upon choosing a tax software offering, taxpayers will be transferred to the company's website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns at no cost.

About the Free File Alliance

The Free File Alliance, a coalition of 14 industry-leading tax software companies, has partnered with the IRS since 2003 to help low- and middle-income Americans prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns online. The Free File Alliance says it is committed to giving 70 percent of Americans free access to the industry’s top online tax preparation software. More than 33 million returns have been filed through IRS Free File since its inception. For more information, visit www.freefilealliance.org.

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