Congressman Rice Alerts Constituents About Free File for Online Tax Assistance, E-Filing, or Extensions

Taxpayers Making $58,000 or Less Can Visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to Prepare and E-File Federal Tax Returns with Free Software & Step-by-Step Help

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07)  today notified the constituents of South Carolina’s Seventh District about free tax preparation services available through the Free File program.  Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete, and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.

“Since Tax Day is quickly approaching, I wanted to alert my constituents making $58,000 or less about Free File, free tax services available from the federal government ,” said Congressman Rice.  “Anyone can use Free File to electronically file a tax return or submit an extension.”

Free File is available at www.IRS.gov/freefile, which provides a list of Free File Alliance member companies and their free tax software offerings.  Users may either choose the company that fits their needs or utilize the “Help me Find Free File Software” tool.  After selecting a company, users will be transferred to the company's website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns.  The program has saved taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion in filing cost, and  is also available in Spanish.

“Free File makes tax time simple, fast and free for 70 percent of Americans,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance.  “Since 2003, the Free File Alliance has partnered with the IRS to give taxpayers access to leading online tax preparation software and critical step-by-step support.  This year, we invite every taxpayer making $58,000 or less to join the 40 million Americans who have already saved time and money by using Free File.”

Free File also offers basic federal e-filing services.  This basic e-filing service, called Free File Fillable Forms, allows taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance to complete and file their federal income tax electronically.