(AUGUSTA, ME) - Senator Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) announced today that some Maine taxpayers can file their 2001 individual federal and state tax returns online at no cost. Intuit Inc., the developer of Quicken financial software and TurboTax tax preparation software, is sponsoring the Quicken Tax Freedom Project (QTFP), a philanthropic initiative of the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, which donates Web-based tax preparation and electronic tax filing services to lower income individuals and families nationwide.
"The Internet and computer based programs really are helping make tasks such as filing taxes easier and easier. Approximately 40 million people filed their taxes electronically in tax year 2000 and that figure is expected to increase to 45 million this year." stated Senator Davis. "For those who are interested in trying this program, I encourage you to check it out. If you expect a refund, filing electronically will certainly shorten the time in which you have to wait to receive your refund check from the government."
Taxpayers with an annual adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less are eligible to participate in the program. This amounts to 60 million taxpayers nationwide. Qualification for the free program is determined by the users' actual tax information. The TurboTax program asks the taxpayer for all relevant information and automatically calculates their tax return.
Taxpayers may access the QTFP at www.quicken.com/freedom. For more information about the program, please contact Senator Paul Davis at 287-1505 or 876-4047.
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