Washington (Feb. 26, 2003) -- More than 1 million people so far have prepared and e-filed their taxes by using Free File, the new public-private partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and a consortium of tax software companies that offer free services to eligible taxpayers.

In its first five weeks, Free File logged approximately 1.3 million returns filed by taxpayers who met the software consortium’s criteria on age, income or state residency, according to the IRS.

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