Virginia Free File program; Tax Commissioner to establish and model after IRS Free File program. (HB1349)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Taxation; Virginia Free File program. Requires the Tax Commissioner to establish a Virginia Free File program, modeled after the federal Free File program, no later than December 31, 2010. The new Virginia Free File program would be offered to certain lower-income taxpayers. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104489D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
01/26/2010Assigned Finance sub: #1
02/03/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB1349)
02/03/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/10/2010Reported from Finance with amendment (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2010Read first time
02/15/2010Read second time
02/15/2010Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB1349E
02/15/2010Printed as engrossed 10104489D-E
02/16/2010Read third time and passed House (86-Y 10-N 2-A)
02/16/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (86-Y 10-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
02/19/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB1349E)
03/02/2010Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010Reconsidered by Finance
03/03/2010Reported from Finance (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Read third time
03/05/2010Passed by for the day
03/08/2010Read third time
03/08/2010Passed by for the day
03/08/2010Motion to reconsider passed by for the day agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Passed Senate (33-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1349ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Signed by President
03/17/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB1349ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 535 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0535)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 14 minutes.


Vivian Paige writes:

Another long overdue item

Scott Lucero writes:

I don't want this to become law. Why are we getting rid of the iFile system and forcing Virginians to pay for tax preparation software?

Michael Tweedy writes:

They passed it becuase the software/online tax preparation industry wants to force Virginians to pay them to file taxes. This bill will cost Virginians millions of dollars. So instead of raising our taxes thay force us to pay more to file our taxes.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Michael, it's tempting to dismiss your claim as wild-eyed, but campaign finance data supports your assertion. Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) has given $113,500 to Virginia candidates in recent years, despite being located in Seattle. You might not be too far off the mark.

Vivian Paige writes:

I was wrong - this bill does not do what I thought it would.

Noel Card writes:

Actually, you've all got it wrong. Free File does not replace I-file -- all Virgians can file their state taxes online as before. Free File is a public-private partnership between the IRS (Federal returns) and 21 states (Va just joined) that allows eligible taxpayers (lower income, military) to use private companies' online tax prep and filing services for free! The income requirements vary depending on the software company (such as TurboTax, Tax Slayer, etc.) and are determined through a complicated formula by the IRS. About 70 percent of taxpayers -- 95 milion people - are eligible to use this free service. Go to and search for Free File to find out more.

Noel Card writes:

By the way, the people who really hate this bill are the storefront tax prep companies (like H&R Block)whose bread and butter is working people who are intimidated by duing their returns, and the tax-refund loan companies who make a killing charging high interest and fees on people who need their refund cash fast. When people learn to do their own taxes (espcially since most of the eligible people will be filing simple returns) for free, it's empowering. But these companies don't want working people to know how easy it is to do their returns using an online program. If you realy want to see politics in action, check the political donation records to see how much was given by those types of companies to support the opponents of this bill.