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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:55 pm

The Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service, today announced that free tax prep software is now available at self-assist computer kiosks across 22 states – in addition to the Free File service available online at www.IRS.gov/freefile. These Free File kiosks are available at convenient locations nationwide, and are made possible through a partnership between the Free File Alliance and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

VITA provides Americans making $50,000 or less with free tax preparation and in-person assistance. VITA sites are staffed by IRS-certified volunteers, who help taxpayers complete their annual tax return and provide information about tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. For a list of the 150 VITA sites that offer Free File kiosks, click here.

“Free File’s partnership with VITA expands our ability to offer free, comprehensive tax assistance to 70 percent of taxpayers,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “At these 150 sites across the country, even taxpayers without computers or Internet access can easily prepare and e-file their federal tax returns. Plus, volunteers are available to provide one-on-one assistance to taxpayers who need some additional help.”

Hugo continued, “Free File software makes tax preparation and e-filing simple and fast, so our partnership with VITA also helps the IRS serve more taxpayers in need. VITA participants can start e-filing at the Free File kiosks, but if they need a little help in the middle of the process, VITA volunteers will be there to assist them.”

Since its inception in 2003, Free File has offered free online commercial tax preparation software for 70 percent of taxpayers. This year, every taxpayer with a 2012 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less – about 100 million Americans – may prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. To begin, taxpayers should visit www.IRS.gov/freefile. There, users will find a list of Free File Alliance member companies and may either choose one that fits their needs or utilize the “Help Me Find a Company” tool. After selecting a tax software company, users will be transferred to the company's website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns. The service is also available in Spanish.

About the Free File Alliance

The Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of 15 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 is committed to giving 70 percent of Americans free access to the industry’s top online tax preparation software. More than 36 million returns have been filed through IRS Free File since its inception. For more information, visit www.freefilealliance.org.

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