Free File Alliance

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The Free File Alliance is a group of tax preparation companies that collaborate with the Internal Revenue Service to provide free electronic tax filing services to U.S tax payers meeting certain guidelines.[1] The Free File Alliance claims that the program benefits American taxpayers by providing services that would cost the IRS money to provide if online tax filing were administered directly by the IRS.[1] The IRS stipulates filers must have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $66,000 or less for tax year 2018,[2] but participating companies have their own requirements and restrictions.[3]

While many of the Free File Companies offer free state income tax returns, taxpayers may still pay additional fees of $10 to $30 to electronically file those returns.[4]

In 2007, Alliance members agreed to remove controversial ancillary offerings such as refund anticipation loans from the program.[1]

In order to receive a free federal tax return the taxpayer must first go to

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  1. ^ a b c "Free File Alliance Explained". Retrieved 2016-09-04.
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  3. ^ "File your taxes free, but read carefully", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 20, 2008
  4. ^ Perez, William (August 5, 2016). "Reviews of Free Tax Preparation Programs". Retrieved 2016-09-04.

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