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Tax season is upon us and the April 15 deadline is quickly approaching. As such, local lawmakers are reminding residents that some may be eligible to take advantage of a free tax prepartion service, offered over the Internet.
The IRS Free File program was instituted in 2003 and offered to low or moderate income taxpayers as a way to quickly and easily file their taxes with the IRS. According to a press release circulated by State Representative Mary Fritz's (D-90) office last week, the program is available this year to any taxpayer whose 2010 adjusted gross income was $58,000 or less. The program allows individuals to file both federal and state returns at no cost.
“This is a great opportunity to use IRS Free File tax preparation software so you can easily prepare and e-file your federal and state taxes at no cost,” said Fritz, in the release.
To use the program, taxpayers must go to the IRS Web site, www.IRS.gov, and click on the “Free File icon, located in the middle of the page. The site will then inform the taxpayer what they should have in their possession in order to file, and will provide a link to Free File Alliance member companies, which offer their services to taxpayers to file through the IRS. If one of the alliance companies is selected, the taxpayer will then be taken to that Web site to complete their returns.
Connecticut is one of 38 states to offer this service, according to the release.