State, CCIA encourage taxpayers to use Free File

Updated: Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM EST
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If you're struggling to make ends meet, the state wants to help you file your taxes for free.

The Computer and Communications Industry Association hosted a class at the Library of Virginia today to teach taxpayers how to use the Free File program.

It let's families with adjusted gross incomes of $58,000 or less to file their federal and state taxes electronically for free.

State Tax Commissioner Craig Burns, Speaker of the House Bill Howell, Senator Bryce Reeves, and Delegates Kathy Byron, Mark Keam, and Mark Cole all touted the program, saying it makes filing easier, faster, and reduces errors.

Delegate Mark Keam, (D) - Fairfax, said Free File can also help taxpayers take every deduction they're eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

"You can get up to $6000 back if you fill it out the right way," Keam said. "And I saw last year, folks who used the program were able to get an average of $2100. That's real money back in the hands of working families."

Speaker of the House Bill Howell said the Free File saves the state money on processing returns. The CCIA and Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation both support the program.

You can find more information about Free File at and