IRS gets vendor help to promote online tax filing

The IRS will get help from a vendor in meeting its goal of getting 80
percent of tax returns filed electronically by 2007, company officials said.


Intuit Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., will offer its WebTurboTax software, a tax
preparation and electronic filing program, free to individuals with incomes of less than
$20,000.


Several million tax filers will likely be eligible to use the software free of charge,
company officials said.


Users would access tax forms on Intuit’s Web site at http://www.quicken.com/freedom. The program
would approve a filer as eligible based on the tax information entered in the online
WebTurboTax form.


The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act calls for IRS to increase electronic filing
through cooperation with the private sector.


“We are encouraged when the private sector conceives of, and offers, innovative
and inexpensive electronic filing services to the public,” IRS commissioner Charles
Rossotti said.


The service will be available from early January until April 1 of next year, Intuit
officials said. 

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