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Irs.gov: Free filing options and other 2014 tax information

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Irs.gov has made it easier and less expensive for taxpayers to file their 2013 taxes, according to a Jan. 22 UPI.com report. With a plethora of free file products to no-cost filing software, the Internal Revenue Service is looking very user friendly this year.

For those taxpayers who made less than $58,000 last year, the no-cost software is a viable tax filing tool provided by a partnership between the IRS and a consortium of 14 commercial tax software companies known as Free File Alliance.

According to Atlanta’s WTOC network, the option for Free File is available for use at IRS.gov/freefile for federal tax returns. Free File companies will hold tax filings until Jan. 31 when the IRS starts accepting returns. Free File allows users to use the brand-name software or online forms as long as the taxpayer earned $58,000 or less.

The IRS had delayed the filing season after the federal government shutdown. “In Georgia, we expect 3.8 million returns to be filed electronically, in which 70 percent of Georgia tax filers are eligible to use Free File,” IRS Spokesman Mark Green said in a statement.

Nearly 40 million taxpayers have used Free File since it debuted in 2003, and those taxpayers have saved more than an estimated $1.2 billion by using Free File, WTOC reports.

The 2014 tax filing season begins on Jan. 31, and the IRS is doing all it can to help taxpayers prepare their taxes, including several short and informative YouTube videos on various tax issues. These videos are available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

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