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An easier way to file tax returns

SAN DIEGO -- Two programs to ease the process of filing taxes are now available to San Diegans.

The first is the IRS' File for Free Online Tax Assistance and E-Filing. Any taxpayer with a 2011 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less can obtain free access to tax preparation software to help them easily prepare and e-file their taxes online at no cost.

This service is made possible through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies. Just visit www.IRS.gov and click on the "Free File' icon on the right side of the screen. The service is also available in Spanish.

The State of California opened a consolidated business-tax office in San Diego in March, offering self-service technology to help business owners pay their taxes. The new district office of the Board of Equalization replaces offices in downtown San Diego and in San Marcos with a "one-stop-shop" for obtaining sales and use tax permits, e-file kiosks for online filing and paying taxes, and getting answers to tax questions.

The new office is at 15015 Avenue of Science, Suite 200, right off the I-15 between Camino Del Norte and Carmel Mountain Road. Parking is free.

Online state tax information is also available HERE.