Electronic filing a fast, easy way to do taxes


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 3:32 p.m.

Every year, more taxpayers discover the benefits of filing their tax return electronically.

Whether you use a professional tax preparer authorized by the IRS or you do it yourself from a home computer, there are many reasons to consider e-filing your tax return this year.

  • Fast: No more last-minute trips to the post office. With e-file, just hit ‘‘send.’’

  • Accurate: E-file checks for errors and necessary information, increasing the accuracy of your return and reducing the need for correspondence with the IRS to clarify errors or omissions.

  • Easy: E-file leads you step-by-step. You can usually file a state tax (this does not apply in Florida) return at the same time you electronically file your federal return.

  • Quicker refunds: Generally, when you use e-file, your refund will be issued in about half the time it would take if you filed a paper return. Those who choose direct deposit will get their refund in even less time.

  • Peace of mind: With e-file, once the return is accepted for processing, the taxpayer is notified electronically, acknowledging the IRS received the return.

  • Payment options: With e-file, you can file your return early but wait to pay any balance due by the April deadline. You can also pay electronically using a credit card, electronic funds withdrawal or, in some cases, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
  • The IRS is again offering eligible taxpayers the opportunity to electronically prepare and file their tax returns for free through Free File, a program offered in partnership between the IRS and private-sector software companies. For information on taxpayer eligibility, access the Free File Web page at IRS.gov.

    For more information on e-file, check the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov/efile. You also will find a withholding calculator and worksheet, along with Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, on the Web site.

    You also may get Form W-4 from your employer or by calling the IRS at 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

    Remember that for the genuine IRS Web site be sure to use .gov. Don’t be confused by Internet sites that end in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov.

    The address of the official IRS governmental Web site is www.irs.gov.

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