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March 12, 2009
Press Release

CCIA Hosts Press Conference with Guest Speaker Congressman Richard Neal to Promote Free Tax Help for MA Taxpayers

What: The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) will host a press conference on Friday, March 13, with guest speaker Congressman Richard Neal (D–MA) at American International College, to announce the availability of the IRS and Massachusetts Free File Alliances, public-private partnerships aimed at helping lower and moderate income taxpayers – including those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, active-duty military, students, and seniors – electronically prepare and e-file their federal and state tax return for FREE.

Free File is a partnership between the IRS (www.irs.gov), 21 state tax agencies (including Massachusetts - www.mass.gov/dor, choose the e-filing information link, and then click on the Massachusetts Free File Alliance link) and the nation’s electronic tax software manufacturers, including Intuit, the maker of TurboTax Freedom Edition (www.taxfreedom.com).

Following the news conference, please join us for an hour-long hands-on training workshop featuring TurboTax Freedom Edition (www.taxfreedom.com). Outreach ideas and materials for informing eligible taxpayers are available now at www.intuitempowers.com.

** Media outlets are strongly encouraged to attend. **
** Please post in your community events calendar and/or daybook. **

Who: - Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA)
- Vince Maniaci, president of American International College
- Bernie McKay, Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation
- Chris Long, Computer and Communications Industry Association

When: Friday, March 13, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - press conference
(Hour-long TurboTax Freedom Edition training workshop immediately following the press conference - media is strongly encouraged to stay for the training)

Where: American International College
Courniotes Hall- Health Science Building
1st Floor Computer Lab
1000 State Street (Corner of State and Homer Streets)
Springfield, MA

Contact: Elana Stein, (202) 777-3517
William Tranghese (202) 225-5601