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About the Free File Alliance


Why was the Free File Alliance formed?

In November of 2001, the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Quicksilver Task Force established 24 e-government initiatives that were a part of the President's Management Agenda. These initiatives were designed to improve Government to Government, Government to Business and Government to Citizen electronic capabilities.

One initiative, IRS Free File, instructed the IRS to provide free and secure online tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers. In accordance with this OMB directive, the IRS began working in partnership with the tax software industry to develop a solution. The result was the formation of the Free File Alliance, LLC, a group of tax software companies who provide free commercial online tax preparation and electronic filing services.

Additional Information:
Free On-Line Electronic Tax Filing Agreement Amendment - 2009

Free File Memorandum of Understanding - 2009

Free On-Line Electronic Tax Filing Agreement Amendment - 2005

Free On-Line Electronic Tax Filing Agreement - 2002

Historical Information:
Final Free Online Electronic Tax Filing Agreement - Read about the precedent-setting Agreement between the Government and the tax software industry (Signed Oct. 30, 2002.)
Treasury News Release, Agreement Signed - News Release issued concurrently with signing event (Oct. 30, 2002.)


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 04, 2011