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IRS program in competition with you

March 13, 2014
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CPA Trendlines reports that the IRS program called “FreeFile” may be the reason that 769,000 tax returns are missing from the marketplace. Do-it-yourself software is taking an increasing slice of the tax preparation business.

“FreeFile is a public-private partnership between the IRS and the FreeFile Alliance LLC. The alliance is a corsortium of 14 leading tax software providers who make their products available exclusively at” FreeFile does not support any state tax returns – a bit of good news.

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Stephanie Chen commented on Apr. 5, 2014:
If you don't have a complicated financial situation its hard to beat the do-it-yourself software for the convenience and privacy. It's just an unfortunate reality :(

Ryoko commented on Jul. 24, 2014:
Happy (belated) Birthday!You're right time does indeed fly and it seems to fly festar the older we get. 19-43 feels like it happened in 3 minutes. Darn!My birthday is January 9th, and while I know the party is whatever you make it It has never been an ideal time for a birthday. People (even family) are over gift-giving since Christmas happens just a couple of weeks before, and retailers are sold out of everything and preparing for the year-end inventory so there's never anything new on the shelves to choose from. When I was seven, I accidently discovered where my parents stored all of our Christmas gifts so I was VERY disappointed when I didn't see the gift I'd seen that I was most looking forward to getting under the tree. When I asked where the Kaufladen, (German for play grocery store) was, my parents told me it was a gift intended for my birthday (after they got mad at me for knowing about it). Realizing my birthday gifts were add-ons to Christmas was a huge let-down. Wow! I haven't thought about that in years!Any way, while we're being honest, what's to like about the weather the first week in January? Especially as a January birthday kid growing up in Germany and later (teen years) in Kansas. My best birthdays were the 17 years we lived in Monterey, CA because at least the weather was agreeable for a long walk on the beach! What is sort of interesting about birthdays in our family is this: January, me. February, son #2, March, son #1. And, in April it's hubby's turn. So while the boys were living at home there was always birthday cake in the house the first four months of the year! Enjoy your special week!

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