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IRS Reports Increase in Electronic Filing

1 min readBy: Alicia Hansen

From the IRS website:

The Internal Revenue Service announced that e-file is off to a fast start in 2008 with more than 38 million taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. returns filed electronically so far.

The 2008 e-file level is up 5 percent from the 36 million returns filed for the same period last year, with double digit growth coming from taxpayers filing from their home computers.

“E-filing continues to be the preferred way to file your tax return. It is the fast, easy, safe and more accurate way to file your tax return,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Linda E. Stiff.

According to the new filing season statistics for the week ending Feb. 22, 2008, one of the biggest areas of growth is returns electronically filed from home computers. More than 12.3 million returns were filed from home, an increase of almost 14 percent from the same time last year.

Overall, 46.9 million tax returns have been filed so far in 2008, a 1.5 percent increase from the 46.2 million returns that had been filed at the same point in 2007.

The article also contains a chart showing filing statistics through Feb. 22 of this year and Feb. 23 of last year.