Make us your home page
Instagram

IRS urges e-filing to put cash in your pocket quickly

Last year, almost 62 percent of federal tax returns from Floridians were filed electronically. This year, the IRS pledges e-filing will be easier, faster in processing returns and, best of all, free for practically all taxpayers.

As part of an e-file expansion detailed by the IRS on Wednesday, taxpayers will be able to use a variety of software products available commercially. This year, several of them will not charge additional fees for e-filing for the first time.

"These are tough times, and e-file is the best way for people to get cash in their pocket quickly," IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. "Filing electronically with direct deposit can get refunds to taxpayers in as few as 10 days. Combined with important changes in the Free File program, we believe e-file is a better option than ever before for the nation's taxpayers."

Free File, which is a form of e-file, is a free tax preparation and filing program developed through a partnership between the IRS and an alliance of tax software companies. Last year, it offered 20 different software options for taxpayers earning $56,000 or less to file their returns for free.

This year, comes a new option, Free File Fillable Tax Forms, which the IRS says opens up Free File to "virtually everyone, even those whose incomes exceed $56,000.''

E-filing has surged in popularity in recent years, accounting for 58 percent of the 90-million tax returns filed in 2008. Nearly 27-million people prepared their own e-file return, up 19 percent from the year prior.

The average refund last year was $2,429.

To get started, go to www.irs.gov/efile.

IRS urges e-filing to put cash in your pocket quickly 01/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 2:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”
  2. Potential new laws further curb Floridians' right to government in the Sunshine

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — From temporarily shielding the identities of murder witnesses to permanently sealing millions of criminal and arrest records, state lawmakers did more this spring than they have in all but one of the past 22 years to chip away at Floridians' constitutional guarantees to access government records and …

    The Legislature passed 17 new exemptions to the Sunshine Law, according to a tally by the First Amendment Foundation.
  3. Data breach exposes 469 Social Security numbers, thousands of concealed weapons holders

    Corporate

    Social Security numbers for up to 469 people and information about thousands of concealed weapons holders were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson …

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Monday that nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach in his office.
[Times file photo]

  4. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. Citigroup agrees to pay nearly $100 million fine for Mexican subsidiary

    Banking

    NEW YORK — Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering.

    Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering. 
[Associated Press file photo]