Online Tax Preparation and Filing FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Online Tax Preparation and Filing
What is e-filing?
E-filing refers to filing your taxes online, rather than through the mail. In 1986, the IRS launched their e-file program in order to make the process of filing taxes cheaper and easier for consumers. Filing taxes electronically substantially reduces errors. E-filing is also less time consuming, and results in a faster refund. If you e-file and you owe the government money, you can either send a check in the mail, pay by debiting your checking or savings account, or pay with a credit card. When you send a return by mail, you must pay extra for certified mail with a return receipt if you wish to confirm that the IRS has received your return. When you e-file, the IRS notifies you by email within 48 hours to confirm that your return has been received. Preparing your taxes online is secure, easy and much cheaper than using an accountant. In most states, you can e-file your state return at the same time that you file your federal tax return online.
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