Tax Time: Tax Time: Free Filing for A Small Price

It's somehow fitting that when the IRS offers something for free, you have to jump through hoops to figure out how to use it. That's the case with Free File Alliance, the new Web-based tax-preparation and filing service (go to www.irs.gov) The IRS just plays host; the service is provided by 17 private tax-prep firms.

The catch is, not every taxpayer is eligible--and not every tax-prep firm has the same selection criteria. Residents of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin will find that they can free-file through FileYour Taxes. com. Anyone 50 or older will qualify at TaxBrain Online Tax...

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