The Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance have extended their partnership, a pact that provides free tax services and electronic filing to an eligible pool of 93 million taxpayers, and providing important new consumer protections. Free File debuted during the 2003 filing season as a strategy of providing free services to moderate-and low-income taxpayers.

The Free File Alliance is a consortium of tax software vendors that set their own criteria for taxpayer eligibility for free use of their software. The agreement calls for services to be provided to 70 percent of the nation's taxpayers.

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