The Internal Revenue Service is doling out nearly $8 million in matching grants to groups around the country participating in its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Under a newly established VITA Grant Program, the IRS awarded the money to 111 organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that plan to offer free tax preparation sites in 2009. "This is the first time we've been able to provide matching grants to support the VITA program," said IRS Wage and Investment Operating Division commissioner Richard E. Byrd Jr. in a statement.

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