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Free On-Line Electronic Tax Filing Agreement

I. Purpose

This Agreement provides for free on-line tax return preparation and filing to individual taxpayers, thereby meeting the following five objectives:

  1. Assuring access to a free and secure electronic preparation and filing option for additional taxpayers, building upon free electronic tax preparation and filing provided in the commercial market today;
  2. Making tax return preparation and filing easier and reducing the burden on individual taxpayers;
  3. Supporting the IRS's statutory goals of increased e- filing, pursuant to the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which encouraged the IRS to set a goal of having 80% of Federal tax and information returns filed electronically by the year 2007;
  4. Providing greater service and access to taxpayers; and
  5. Implementing one of the proposals in the President's FY'03 budget, specifically to encourage further growth in electronic filing by providing taxpayers the option to file their tax return on-on- line without charge, using cooperation with, and encouraging competition within, the private sector to increase e-filing.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 03-Feb-2016