Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gentile urges use of free IRS services

HARTFORD -State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia, encourages constituents to take
advantage of free tax preparation services available through the Free File program. 

Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.

Free File is made possible through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies. 
Since its inception in 2003, the program has offered 70 percent of taxpayers free access to leading commercial tax preparation software from Free File Alliance member companies. Free File has already saved taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion in filing costs.

“Since Tax Day is quickly approaching, I encourage taxpayers making $58,000 or less to take
advantage of the free tax services available from the IRS and Free File Alliance by visiting,” Gentile said. “Anyone can use Free File to electronically file a tax return or, if necessary, submit an extension – giving themselves an extra six months to prepare and file a
federal tax return. If you don’t have access to a computer, some are available at the local public
IRS Free File is available at, which provides a list of Free File Alliance
member companies and their free tax software offerings. Users may either choose the company that fits their needs or utilize the “Help me Find Free File Software” tool. 

After selecting a 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.

Free File also offers basic federal e-filing services with no income limitations. This basic e-filing
service, called Free File Fillable Forms, allows taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no
preparation assistance to complete.

This is a press release from Gentile's office.

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