E-filing the fastest way and easiest way to submit a tax return. Everyone is doing it. 99 million people in 2010 transmitted their tax returns electronically to the Internal Revenue Service. These 70% of the taxpayers know everyone should use this fast, easy service.
Starting in 2011 both the people who pay taxes and those who prepare taxes will see an important change. As of January 1, 2011 people who are paid to process 1040s must be qualified to submit these returns by e-file. Volunteers are exempt. Anyone requiring more information can find it at the IRS website.
Taxpayers should try electronic filing. Fewer people mail their tax returns or prepare paper 1040s every year for a good reason.
Electronic filing is safer and protected. Within two days the IRS notifies the taxpayer the documents had been received. If there is an error, the 1040s returned for corrections.
E-filing= Quicker Money & More Ways To Get It
By combining e-filing and direct deposit, taxpayers can get their refund in as little as 10 days. Almost 75% of the returns have refunds. $2900 was the average amount overpaid.
Taxpayers can choose the option they want with e-filed returns. Those who file early can pick a withdrawal date up to April 15. Taxpayers can pay by a mailing a check with a voucher or by credit card.
E-file Gets It Done
There are three ways to e-file. Tax preparers can do it for their clients. Commercial software for preparing tax returns can automatically send it. A free tax preparation and filing service called Free File is available online. Or at the IRS website.
As the number of people preparing taxes on their own computers is growing, there are a number of software programs designed to assist. One of these is Free File which asks simple, clear questions and helps people navigate through complex issues by the answers provided. However the return is prepared, E-file is the way to go.
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Why Everyone Should Use IRS Efile by Steven Patterson