IRS, State Free File Programs Help Rhode Island Residents File Their Taxes Easily Online At No Cost

Providence, RI – Today, Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2) urged Rhode Island residents to use
the IRS and Rhode Island Free File programs to save money at tax time. These
programs allow roughly 70 percent of all taxpayers to use name-brand tax preparation
software to prepare and file their federal and state returns online for free.

Rhode Island is one of 22 states plus the District of Columbia that sponsors a State
Free File program, allowing residents to easily and accurately complete both their
federal and state taxes with trusted name-brand tax preparation software of their
choice. Free File empowers taxpayers to claim every single deduction and credit they
are entitled to, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

«Today we are seeing a great example of how government, the private sector and
community organizations all play a role in helping families and individuals save
more of their money during tax season,» said Rep. Langevin. «This program, which
doesn’t cost the government a dime, also takes the confusion out of tax preparation
and keeps money in the pockets of people who need it most. I strongly urge eligible
Rhode Island residents to use this easy and convenient program.»

«Free File not only helps save taxpayers’ time and money, but also provides savings
to Rhode Island’s government in the form of lower processing costs and fewer errors
as compared to paper returns,» said David Sullivan, Tax Administrator for Rhode
Island Division of Taxation. «E-filing is the fastest, safest and easiest way to
file your taxes, and the Rhode Island Free File program makes it even easier.»

«Filing taxes is a lot simpler than you think, with the help of the tax preparation
software products made available through Free File. If you send text messages and
email or surf the Internet, chances are you will have no trouble filing your taxes
through the Free File program,» said David Macklin of the Computer & Communications
Industry Association (CCIA), the organization sponsoring today’s event.

According to the IRS, 40 million taxpayers have prepared their federal returns
through Free File since the program began more than a decade ago.

For more information on Free File, visit
www.FreeFile.IRS.gov or
www.tax.ri.gov