January 29, 1990
IRS Electronic Filing System
Available in All 50 States
WASHINGTON - With Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statements, due to
employees by the end of January, millions of taxpayers will be
submitting their federal tax returns in the next few weeks.
This year, the Internal Revenue Service suggests they consider
an alternative to mailing in their paperwork -- they should file by
This year, the IRS Electronic Filing System is available for
the first time in all 50 states. Taxpayers who expect a refund can
file their returns electronically through preparers and transmitters
accepted by the IRS to participate.
This year, IRS expects 2 million taxpayers to opt to file
electronically. Taxpayers may file electronically whether they
prepare their own return or use a paid preparer. The IRS said
taxpayers who file electronically will receive their refunds in
about three weeks. Taxpayers filing electronically may also elect
to have their refund direct deposited into their bank accounts.
These taxpayers should receive their refunds in about two weeks.
The Electronic Filing System began as an IRS test in 1986. With
the service available in three metropolitan areas that year, 25,000
returns were filed by computer.
The program has grown each year and last year, 1.2 million
taxpayers in 36 states filed their returns electronically. Taxpayers
can call the IRS toll free for a list of accepted electronic filers
in their local area.
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