March 03, 1998
IRS / Industry Partnerships
Expand E-Filing Options
WASHINGTON - Through
newly-formed partnerships with the private sector, the Internal Revenue Service is
expanding electronic filing options for individuals.
"In a dramatic break from past practice, the IRS is
featuring these partnerships prominently on its Website," John Dalrymple, Acting
Chief Operations Officer, said. "Partnering with industry to provide on-line links to
their e-file products and services brings the best offerings of the private and public
The IRS Website -- at www.irs.gov -- offers links to Nelco, Universal Tax Systems, Drake, H&R Block, Block Financial Corp., and Intuit. By going to the
companies' Websites, users may download tax preparation software, obtain e-file services,
or find one authorized e-file provider's local offices. The IRS does not charge for
e-filing, but the private sector firms have fees ranging from $4.95 to $19.95, depending
on the product used. If these partnerships succeed in improving taxpayer access to high
quality, low cost e-file options, the IRS will consider extending them for the next filing
The IRS has also entered into a partnership with 800-TAX REFUND, Inc.
E-filing offers an earlier refund, greater accuracy, and
acknowledgment that IRS accepts the return. Last year, nearly 20 million taxpayers used
IRS e-file -- almost one out of every six individual tax returns filed.
"These non-monetary agreements are the first step in
expanding partnerships with the electronic filing industry, non-profits, and other public
sector organizations that support our efforts to increase e-filing," said Robert E.
Barr, IRS Assistant Commissioner for Electronic Tax Administration. "In the upcoming
months, we intend to build on these initial partnerships with more agreements and
contracts to further promote e-file products and services for the 1999 filing
Organizations interested in partnering with the IRS to improve
e-file offerings should consult the Treasury Department's Web page at http://www.irs.gov
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