Washington (Oct. 10, 2002) -- The Department of Justice cleared the way for a group of private sector firms to form a consortium to offer taxpayers an easier way to obtain free electronic tax preparation and filing services in coordination with the Internal Revenue Service.

In cooperation with the IRS, the consortium will offer the services annually from January through April 15 to at least 60 percent of the country's individual taxpayers. The offers will be made available to the public through an IRS hosted Web site.

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