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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:

  1. Data transmitted to the IRS electronically
  2. Taxpayer's electronic signature using a PIN (Personal Identification Number) or Form 8453
  3. 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 return.



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