In response to criticism from both lawmakers and taxpayer advocates who charged that its Free File Program was an entrée to sell pricey add-on offerings such as refund anticipation loans, the Internal Revenue Service announced that for the upcoming tax-filing season, its private-sector partners in the effort will remove any ancillary products from the FFP.Concerns over the Free File e-filing initiative had split Congress down the middle, with the IRS and some of the nation's leading tax software developers caught in the crossfire.

"We heard many legitimate concerns about the marketing of ancillary products during the last filing season," said IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, in a statement. "This is a constructive step."

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