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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Va. ends free online tax-filing service

By Washington Post editors

The state's free online tax-filing service will disappear under a new law that will shift the task to private businesses, which will be able to charge for the service.

Nearly 97 percent of Virginians who filed state taxes were eligible to file electronically under the 10-year-old iFile program. This year, about 300,000 are expected to do so by the May 3 deadline. But under the new law, the Virginia Free File program will be run by a group representing for-profit tax-preparation vendors, which will be able to charge fees to those making $57,000 or more.

-- The Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Tags:  Individual Tax, Tax, Virginia  
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This is terrible. Why has the state given in to these special interests? This is easy money for tax preparers. i have been filing my va taxes on-line for free for the past so many years and found the website extremely easy to use and user friendly. We should have the option of coninuing to file our state taxes on-line for free. I DO NOT WANT TO PAY OTHERS FOR SOMETHING I CAN DO FOR MYSELF FOR FREE. I PROTEST.

Posted by: MKhan2 | April 14, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this is really disappointing. I just emailed my Delegate and the Governor's office to complain.

I suggest everyone else who is upset do the same.

I'm sure running the iFile system is cheaper than processing paper returns, which is what I'm going to start filing now, since I outright refuse to pay someone to pay my taxes. TurboTax wanted $30 to file my state taxes. The commonwealth owed me $6. Why should I eat a $24 loss when the commonwealth owes me money?

Posted by: vtjt | April 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Once again the State of Virginia legislature has found a new way to reduce expense and eliminating services to citizens. I have used the iFile program for years, it is easy to use and free. I understand that 300,000 Virginians use this program. Eliminating this program transfers the expense to the citizens, unless the citizens file paper forms, which will cost the Department of Taxation. It will cost citizens at least $15 to use for-profit programs. Once again cutting state budget expenses results in services lost.....REST AREAS, HOT Lanes and now iFILE...what will be next?

Posted by: heerenja | April 14, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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