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IRS Free File: A Free and Easy Way to Do Taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. /PRNewswire/ — Know anyone looking for a free and easy way to do taxes? The Internal Revenue Service just may have the answer: IRS Free File.

Everyone can use Free File, either the brand-name software or the online fillable forms. It's offered exclusively through IRS.gov. People who make $58,000 or less – that's 70 percent of all taxpayers – can use the brand-name software. People who make more can use the online fillable forms. Both versions offer free e-filing.

"Free File saves you money and time preparing and e-filing your federal tax returns," said David R. Williams, senior IRS spokesman. "Free File really does make taxes less taxing."

Free File is made available through a public-private partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a consortium of approximately 20 tax preparation software providers. Each provider sets its own eligibility rules but anyone earning $58,000 or less can find a software program.

Free File software generally asks questions and you supply the answers. It finds the right forms, does the math and helps you find tax breaks you might overlook, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Some Free File providers also support state income tax returns for a fee or for free.

Free File Fillable Forms is the electronic version of IRS paper forms. These online fillable forms are best for people experienced doing their own taxes. The forms perform basic math functions. The program does not support state income tax returns.

By using free IRS e-file and direct deposit, you can get your federal refund in as few as 10 days. Get started now by going to www.irs.gov/freefile.

Published January 16, 2011

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