IRS e-file up sharply in 2008 in Tennessee and across nation

IRS e-file up sharply in 2008 in Tennessee and across nation

NASHVILLE — The Internal Revenue Service’s e-file program set another record in the just-finished 2008 filing season, while Web page visits to IRS.gov also reached new highs, in part due to interest in economic stimulus payments. Tennesseans and their tax preparers e-filed more than 1.8 million tax returns, a 12-percent increase over this same time last year. About 66 percent of all tax returns filed from Tennessee were e-filed this year. “E-filing is fast, easy and secure and is free for filers whose income was $54,000 or less and who go through IRS.gov and use Free File,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. About 592,000 Tennesseans prepared and filed their own tax returns on computers, a 21-percent increase over last year. Across the nation, the number of self-prepared returns e-filed increased by 19 percent. Nationwide, more than 86 million individual tax returns were electronically filed, a 12-percent increase over last year at this time. In all, 60 percent of all returns filed so far this year came in through e-file. A small percentage of the growth in e-file resulted from those taxpayers who were only required to file tax returns this year to claim their federal economic stimulus payments. Nationwide there was an increase in electronic filing among last-minute filers, a group that has traditionally filed paper returns. From April 12 to 18, the number of electronically filed returns received by the IRS was up 28 percent over the comparable week last year, even though the overall number of tax returns (paper and electronic) received during the same week was up only 9 percent. This year’s economic-stimulus payments helped fuel a 44-percent increase in the number of visits to IRS.gov, the agency’s Web site. The nearly 206 million visits included, for example, over 8 million to the economic stimulus calculator in April. E-filing remains available through Oct. 15 for those required to file for 2007 and for others who are filing just to qualify for an economic stimulus payment. Published in The Messenger 5.30.08

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