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Tax Prep Sites Go Live

The IRS won't accept electronically filed returns until Jan. 13, but two online services are ready to roll.

Gregg Keizer

January 3, 2006

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Two of the three biggest online tax preparation services have already gone live, even though the Internal Revenue Service won't accept electronically-filed returns until Jan. 13.

Petz Enterprises, a Tracy, Calif.-based company that bills its TaxBrain as the third largest federal and state online tax preparation service, took the service live Tuesday.

Rival Intuit has its TurboTax Online up and running as well, but according to H&R Block's site, TaxCut for the Web won't go live until Jan. 7.

"Roughly 13 million American taxpayers filed their tax returns over the Internet last year and the industry is looking forward to another year of double-digit growth," said Todd Taylor, director of affiliate marketing for Petz, in a statement.

The IRS won't accept electronically-filed returns until Jan. 13, when it will also launch the 2006 edition of Free File, a no-charge online tax preparation and filing service available to taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less.

TaxBrain's pricing starts at $19.95 for a federal return.

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