IRS Electronic Filing
About the IRS electronic tax filing system
There are two ways of filing a tax return, by paper or electronically. Electronic tax filing or
IRS e-file uses automation to replace most of the manual steps needed to process paper tax returns. As a result,
processing of e-file returns is faster and more accurate than the processing of paper tax returns.
How many people file tax returns electronically?
In 2007 (tax year 2006), more than 73 million people used IRS e-file and the IRS expects the
number of electronically filed tax returns to continue to increase annually. The IRS gives some of the benefits of
filing electronically in the table called Benefits of IRS e-file.
As with a paper tax return, you are responsible for making sure your return contains accurate
information and is filed on time. Using e-file does not affect your chances of an IRS audit of your return.
The electronic return consists of the followings:
Data transmitted to the IRS electronically
Taxpayer's electronic signature using a PIN (Personal Identification Number) or Form 8453
Does not include forms or schedules which are not accepted by the electronic filing system. These forms
are sent along with Form 8453.
In most states, you can file an electronic state return simultaneously with your federal