Special to the E-T

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service,is encouraging eligible taxpayers to take advantage of IRS Free File, available at www.irs.gov/efile.

The service is available to all Americans with a 2010 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less and offers free access to leading tax preparation software available from Free File Alliance member companies. IRS Free File equips taxpayers with free, step-by-step help to easily prepare and e-file federal tax returns using a comprehensive suite of all core forms.

“IRS Free File is the one-stop shop for all taxpayers making $58,000 or less to file their federal returns,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “Through IRS Free File, about 100 million people have free access to the industry’s best tax preparation software and a range of forms to fit most tax situations. It’s all online, and it’s all free. Tax time can be stressful, but IRS Free File walks participants through each step of the filing process to make taxes less taxing.”

The IRS Free File program is available on the IRS website, www.IRS.gov/efile. 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. After selecting a company, taxpayers will be transferred to the company's website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns. Three of the 19 participating software companies also offer services in Spanish.