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Free IRS tax filing day begins

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Jan. 30 has been declared Free File Day, which is the first day that the IRS officially starts accepting 2012 tax returns via its Free File service.

The IRS delayed accepting federal tax returns until Jan. 30 because of the January tax law changes made by Congress, according to a news release.

Free File is free federal tax preparation help and e-file options for taxpayers using fillable taBx forms, electronic versions of IRS paper forms. The forms make the math calculations for you.

By using e-file and direct deposit, a refund can be received in as few as 10 days.

Members of the Free File Alliance including TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxACT and Jackson Hewitt are also offering free federal filing, according to eCoupons.com. 

Taxpayers have until April 15 to file and pay taxes or request an extension.

Tips from eCoupons.com on free filing:

Get your income tax documents such as W-2 and 1099 forms, expense records and receipts that for tax deductions.

Go to FreeFileDay.com and select a free file software provider or use the Free File Fillable Forms.

Prepare your federal tax return. Use direct deposit to receive your refund faster.

Double check, print and e-file. Double check the date you entered for accuracy.

Print a copy of your tax return for your records. E-File your return to ensure fast and secure delivery.

Get free tax help from the IRS at 800.829.1040 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. You can also make an appointment with your local IRS office.

For more information about File File Day go to http://www.FreeFileDay.com.

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