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The government should be providing the software to file taxes. In the past they provided the paper forms. Then they provided the electronic forms. It's way past time for them to provide the electronic ability to file completely free. The IRS saves a ton of money by not cluttering our public libraries with millions of boxes of paper copies. Unfortunately the government's savings comes at the taxpayer expense who purchase software and then pay to efile.
What S/W do you use to prepare your return? Does that S/W package allow one or more "free" electronic filings? Or do you use the IRS S/W package so you can't efile any other way? I used Turbotax for many years until about 2001 when they became pervasive about previous years' versions being reinstalled (legally, since you bought it) on new CPUs; I believe they allowed up to 6 free returns. I use TaxAct now; they allow 1 free return which I use for the return having the highest refund. I don't care if I have to mail in returns where I have to pay or where the refund is small. If the IRS goal is e-filing, they will lower prices to meet that goal or people won't e-file even if they use a S/W package.
AMEN. IRS "savings" are a pure costs shift to the individual taxpayers who e-file. This is just as offensive as a poll tax, pay to file your taxes or go to jail for not paying your taxes.
AMEN! e-Filing is a cost shift from the government to process tax return to each individual filer. Why should I pay for the "privilege" of paying my taxes. The IRS savings are my costs. I already paid those costs and don't appreciate paying them a second time.
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