H.R. 495, Free File Program Act of 2014

H.R. 495

Free File Program Act of 2014

Committee
Ways and Means

Date
September 16, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 495, the Free File Program Act of 2014, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 495 was introduced by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) on February 5, 2014 and has 160 cosponsors.

Bill Summary

H.R. 495 makes the Internal Revenue Service Free File Program permanent. The legislation is needed to ensure access to free electronic filing for low-income and elderly taxpayers.

Background

Started in 2003, the IRS Free File program is a public private partnership between the federal government (IRS) and approximately 14 private commercial tax software companies that provides free federal tax preparation and e-file software for taxpayers.  The assistance is available through brand name software or online forms. The online filing is available to those taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is less than $58,000.[1]

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[1] http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Frequently-Asked-Questions

Cost

According to the Joint Committee on Tax, there would be a negligible revenue effect.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.