Electronic Filing

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Electronic Filing

About Electronic Filing: Electronic Filing (e-file) is a system whereby tax returns are transmitted electronically to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and tapes are created in the receiving station and loaded into the electronic filing computer system. The fastest way to get a tax return (or a request for an extension of time to file) to the IRS (and state revenue office). Electronic filing is especially suitable for taxpayers who expect refunds. In 1992, more than 10 million returns were filed electronically. In 2010, nearly 100 million returns were filed electronically, including about 35 million from home computers. The system accepts most commonly used forms and schedules.

The transmission of tax information directly to the IRS using telephones or computers. Electronic filing options include (1) Online self-prepared using a personal computer and tax preparation software, or (2) using a tax professional. Electronic filing may take place at the taxpayer’s home, a volunteer site, the library, a financial institution, the workplace, malls and stores, or a tax professional’s place of business.

Electronic preparation means that tax preparation software and computers are used to complete tax returns. Electronic tax preparation helps to reduce errors.

E-filing the tax return

There are several IRS publications about IRS e-file. For more information about IRS e-file refer to Tax Topic 252, Electronic Filing, for more information. Also see IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.

1040PC tax return

The IRS is no longer accepting tax returns in the 1040PC format after tax filing season 2000 (tax year 1999).


The IRS discontinued its TeleFile program effective August 17, 2005. TeleFile allowed taxpayers to file Forms 1040EZ, 4868, and 941 by telephone.

Description and Definition of Electronic Filing

A method for filing your tax return with the IRS using your modem. Taxpayers can now file their tax return with personal computers and tax preparation software or online at a web site such as this one. Electronic filing is the fastest and most secure method of filing your tax return. The information goes directly to the IRS and the IRS can directly deposit your refund into your bank account. Electronic filing allows you to get your refund quickly.

Electronic Filing Through the I.R.S. Issue

You may find information about Electronic Filing Through the I.R.S. in this Tax Platform of the American Encyclopedia of Law.


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See Also

See Taxation Office and Taxation Office.

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