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IRS-Commissioned Report Defends Free File Program Despite Faults

Oct. 9, 2019, 10:54 PM

A review of the IRS’s Free File program corroborated news reports that some companies participating in the public-private partnership steered taxpayers away from the program’s free options.

MITRE Corp., in a recently released report, concluded that the program does provide benefits to taxpayers and the IRS, but also included several recommendations to increase public awareness of the free-filing options.

The Free File program allows the IRS to partner with private tax software providers to offer free online tax preparation and electronic filing to individuals with incomes under $66,000. The agency sought out a third-party review after facing backlash from...

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