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CCH Tax Compliance Partners With Official Payments To Streamline Tax Payment Process

(TORRANCE, CA., March 24, 2003) – CCH Tax Compliance has announced a new partnership agreement with Official Payments Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tier Technologies (Nasdaq: TIER), which will allow the clients of its affiliates and professional customers to conveniently pay any taxes owed to a state or the federal government via credit card. CCH Tax Compliance is a leading supplier of software for tax and accounting professionals.

"We are pleased to further expand our tax preparation and filing services to provide a streamlined process for preparing, filing - and now - paying taxes," said CCH Tax Compliance President and CEO Kevin Robert. "This added convenience will be a real time-saver – something professional tax preparers can offer their clients as a value-added service they can benefit from during the busy tax season."

Official Payments Corporation is the leading provider of electronic payment options to government entities. Their services enable individuals to charge their taxes, fees, fines and other payments to their credit cards via the Internet (www.officialpayments.com/cch.jsp) or telephone at 1-800-4PAY-TAX.

Official Payments provides similar services to the Internal Revenue Service, 22 state governments and Washington, D.C., and more than 1,300 local and municipal governments.

Added Convenience Takes Some of the Sting Out of Paying Taxes

With this partnership, clients of tax professionals will benefit from the new streamlined payment process.

"Tax professionals using CCH’s ProSystem fx Tax application can easily offer this extra convenience to their clients. The tax professional simply checks a box in the ProSystem fx Tax application to produce simple instructions for clients who are interested in using this service," noted Robert.

Types of payments include federal income taxes, state taxes and fees and local and municipal taxes and fees. Official Payments charges a convenience fee based on the payment amount. Credit cards accepted include MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express® and Discover®.

"We are very pleased that CCH will be offering its customers the convenient payment services offered by Official Payments," said James L. Bildner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tier, Official Payments’ parent company.  "CCH has an excellent reputation for its tax preparation products and Official Payments will complement their offerings well."

About Official Payments Corporation

Official Payments Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tier Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIER), is the leading provider of electronic payment options to government entities. The company’s principal business is enabling consumers to pay their government taxes, fees, fines, and utility bills by credit card, via Internet at www.officialpayments.com/cch.jsp or via the telephone at 1-800-4PAY-TAX.

About CCH Tax Compliance

CCH Tax Compliance, headquartered in Torrance, Calif., is a leading supplier of software for tax and accounting professionals. Its ProSystem fx Office is a powerful, integrated suite that includes modules for tax compliance, tax planning, trial balance, fixed assets, practice management, paperless tax and audit engagements, outsourcing and web site development. They also offer CompleteTax, an online tax preparation service. CCH Tax Compliance is a Wolters Kluwer company. The CCH tax and accounting web site can be accessed at http://tax.cchgroup.com

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