Electronic Filing

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IRS e-file is the fastest and most convenient way to file your income tax return. So easy that in 2004, over 61 million taxpayers preferred e-file to filing a paper tax return. You can e-file through a tax professional, by using your personal computer, or if you receive a TeleFile Tax Package, over the telephone.

What are the benefits?
  1. Free File Options! Over 60 percent of the nation's taxpayers are eligible to e-file for free. Eligible taxpayers can use free online commercial tax preparation software and e-file services to file their income tax return. Other free or low-cost electronic filing options are also available on our Partners Page. Visit www.irs.gov for more details.
  2. Fast Refunds! You get your refund in half the time, even faster and safer with Direct Deposit. Direct Deposit is the fast, simple, safe and secure way to have your Federal income tax refund deposited automatically into your checking or savings account.
  3. Security! Your privacy and security are assured.
  4. Electronic Signatures! Create your own personal identification number (PIN) and file a completely paperless return through your tax preparation software or tax professional. There is nothing to mail!
  5. Accuracy! IRS computers quickly and automatically check for errors or other missing information. Your chance of getting an error notice from the IRS is significantly reduced.
  6. Electronic Payment Options! Convenient, safe and secure electronic payment options are available. If you owe taxes, you can e-file and schedule an electronic funds withdrawal from your checking or savings account (up to and including April 15, 2005), pay by credit card, or register to use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). These payment options are also available for other types of tax payments including estimated tax payments and those related to extensions of time to file a tax return.
  7. Proof of Receipt! You receive an electronic proof of receipt within 48 hours that the IRS has received your return and your payment if you owe, for processing.
  8. Federal/State e-file! You can also prepare and file your Federal and state returns together and double the benefits you get from IRS e-file.

For more e-file information, visit our web site at www.irs.gov.

Source: IRS.gov

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