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Patrick seeks to ban fee for e-filing taxes

Governor Deval Patrick has proposed legislation that would ban tax preparation software companies, such as the maker of TurboTax, from charging Massachusetts taxpayers a fee to file their state returns electronically.

Such fees have become an issue as tax officials try to encourage Massachusetts taxpayers to file through the Internet, which would not only speed refunds, but also save the state thousands of dollars spent processing paper returns. The state hasn’t calculated the difference in processing costs, but the Internal Revenue Service ­estimates it costs $3.50 to process a paper form, compared with 15 cents for the electronic versions.

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