Under pressure from Congress and the IRS, H&R Block has decided that 100 percent of its tax products and services, including its TaxCut software, will now include free federal electronic filing.

Intuit recently made the decision to offer free 1040 e-filing for all users of its TurboTax consumer desktop software in response to a request from Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (see Intuit to Offer Free 1040 E-Filing Next Year). Intuit and other members of the Free File Alliance had been offering free electronic filing to taxpayers with adjusted gross income of $54,000 or less in 2007, but the IRS has been encouraging them to open up free e-filing to more taxpayers.

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