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I found this Intuit web page. Ever the skeptic I wonder if this process does not somehow benefit Intuit even though it promotes 'free filing.'

There is also the Free File Alliance website. The Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies, has partnered with the IRS to help millions of Americans prepare and e-file their federal tax returns.

IRS Free File is the quick, efficient way for 70 percent of taxpayers to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns completely online.

On October 30, 2002, a public-private partnership agreement was officially signed between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC, a group of tax software companies. The IRS entered into a three-year agreement with a group of private computer-software companies to provide free electronic filing for at least 60 percent of all taxpayers who file an individual tax return.

So it is 60% or 70% or "?" and why am I skeptical? It provides for a maximum AGI but does not talk about joint returns.

Any insights and/or reassurances will be appreciated, by me and probably others as well.

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