Responding to criticism from Congress and taxpayer advocates, the Internal Revenue Service announced that for the upcoming tax-filing season, private sector partners in its Free File program will remove ancillary offerings -- such as refund anticipation loans -- made to taxpayers in the course of participating in the program.“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.”

Now in its fifth year, Free File is a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of tax preparation software manufacturers who provide their products and free federal e-filing to eligible taxpayers.

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