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CRN: Make The Free File Program Permanent

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CRN recently joined 20 other conservative groups in calling on Congress to make the Free File program permanent.

So far, 40 million taxpayers have saved $1.3 billion in preparation costs using the free tax preparation and electronic filing services, which are available to 70 percent of taxpayers. In addition to taxpayer savings, the public-private partnership has created greater efficiency, saving the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars in administrative costs.

The full text of the letter is here and follows:

April 12, 2016

The Honorable Peter J. Roskam
U.S. House of Representatives
2246 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20024

The Honorable Ron Kind
U.S. House of Representatives
1502 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressmen Roskam and Kind,

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of the Free File Program Act of 2016.

By making the Free File Program permanent, your legislation guarantees quality, free, and efficient online tax preparation and electronic filing services for millions of families across the country.

At almost 75,000 pages, the U.S. tax code is one of the most complex in the world. In fact, Americans spend more than 6.1 billion hours and $168 billion complying with the code each year.

The reality is, it is difficult or impossible for most taxpayers to file their own taxes.

The Free File program is critical to addressing this complexity. The program offers 70 percent of taxpayers, or those making less than $62,000, access to electronic filing software provided by leading private companies free of charge.

Since the program’s inception, over 40 million taxpayers have used the service and saved $1.3 billion in preparation costs. The program also saves the federal government hundreds of millions in administrative costs because of increased efficiency.

Not only does this legislation make Free File permanent, it encourages more innovation within the program to better prevent fraud, protect against identity theft, and ensure taxpayer data is safeguarded.

Members of Congress should have no hesitation supporting this important, commonsense legislation and making the Free File program permanent for the millions of Americans that rely on it each and every year.


Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Dan Weber
President, Association of Mature American Citizens

Norm Singleton
President, Campaign for Liberty

Jeffrey Mazzella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

Neil Bradley
Chief Strategy Officer, Conservative Reform Network

Tom Schatz
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director, Digital Liberty

George Landrith
President, Frontiers of Freedom

Hector V. Barreto
President, Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute

Mario H. Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Andrew Langer
President, Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti
President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Allen Gutierrez
National Executive Director, The Latino Coalition

Seton Motley
President, Less Government

Colin Hanna
President, Let Freedom Ring

Charlie Sauer
President, Market Institute

Pete Sepp
President, National Taxpayers Union

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Berin Szoka
President, TechFreedom