The Internal Revenue Service announced the opening of Free File, the free tax preparation and free electronic filing initiative now in its fourth year. More than 70 percent of the nation's taxpayers -- over 92 million people -- qualify for Free File this year.

A new agreement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, the private-sector consortium of tax preparation software companies, will mean improved services and more information for taxpayers who use the free services. Free File must be accessed through www.IRS.gov.

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