October 05, 1994
Thousands More to File by Phone in 1995
WASHINGTON - Taxpayers in ten states next year will be able to
file their federal tax returns by telephone. The Internal Revenue
Service will expand TeleFile -- its file-by-phone system -- to
Colorado, southern Texas and northern California. The IRS expects to
receive over 700,000 returns by phone in 1995.
This easier filing option will continue to be available in
Florida, Indiana, Kent Kentucky Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, and
West Virginia. This year, 519,000 taxpayers used TeleFile.
TeleFile is available to single persons who would otherwise
file Form 1040EZ, but do not qualify for the Earned Income Tax
Credit, and have not changed their addresses since their last
filing. The IRS sends special tax pack ages to prospective filers
and only persons receiving such packages can use TeleFile.
Taxpayers can reach TeleFile by dialing a toll-free number.
Callers just enter the amounts for their wages, interest and tax
withheld. TeleFile does the rest of the work for them in just
seconds. It totals the income, subtracts the exemption and standard
deduction amounts, gets the tax from the tax table and figures any
refund or balance due.
The system gives the caller the adjusted gross income and
refund or balance due amounts, as well as a confirmation number to
complete the filing. The whole call takes about five minutes.
TeleFilers send signature documents -- Forms 1040-TBL -- and their
W-2 forms to the IRS after they complete their calls.
The IRS processes the data through its electronic filing
system, giving users the benefit of more accurate tax returns.
TeleFilers expecting refunds should get their money in about three
weeks. Persons who owe tax can send their payments immediately or
anytime before the April 15 deadline.
TeleFile will be available seven days a week, 22 hours a day.
The best times for taxpayers to call TeleFile are before 5:00 p.m.
or after 9:00 p.m.
1995 TELEFILE PROJECTIONS
STATE IRS DISTRICT PROJECT #OF
CALIFORNIA Sacramento 39,000
COLORADO Denver 35,000
FLORIDA Ft. Lauderdale 61,000
INDIANA Indianapolis 70,000
KENTUCKY Louisville 36,000
OHIO Cincinnati 81,000
MICHIGAN Detroit 97,000
TEXAS Austin 54,000
S. CAROLINA Columbia 37,000
W. Virginia Parkersburg 16,000
TOTAL U.S.A 726,000
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