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February 2009

Release Date: Feb. 25, 2009ASU Logo

Congressman Conaway to Host News Conference at ASU

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway will host a news conference at Angelo State University on Saturday, Feb. 28, to highlight the free online federal income tax preparation and e-filing assistance available through the IRS Free File Alliance.

The news conference will be at 10 a.m. in Room 100 of the ASU Math-Computer Science (MCS) Building, 2200 Dena Drive. Following the news conference, a representative of the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation (IFFF) will conduct an hour-long online tax training workshop for community-based representatives at 10:30 a.m. in Room 111A of the MCS Building.

The Free File Alliance (FFA) program is aimed at lower and moderate income taxpayers, students, senior citizens and active-duty military personnel who earned $56,000 or less in gross income for 2008. According to information from Conaway’s office, the goal of the program is to put more money into the pockets of the individuals who need it most, especially during the current tough economic times.

Through the FFA program, taxpayers who earned less than $56,000 last year can choose from 20 online tax software companies to electronically prepare and e-file their federal tax returns online for free. These user-friendly products walk taxpayers through their returns and help them claim applicable deductions and credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), without having to pay large fees. Taxpayers that file electronically and use direct deposit can receive their refunds in as little as seven-to-10 days.

The IFFF donates the TurboTax Freedom Edition through the IRS and 21 state free-file programs. More information is available at www.taxfreedom.com. More information on the IRS Free File Alliance is available at www.irs.gov.