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File Taxes Online

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Do You Want to File Taxes Online?

If your answer is "yes," you're making a good choice. When you file taxes online, you have the support and guidance of the program as well as the option to get more personal assistance when you need it. One of the main advantages of filing online is that, instead of reading and rereading the instruction booklets and still not understanding what goes on some of the lines, you are asked very specific questions designed to help you to answer.

Another advantage to filing online is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. There you will have access to additional tax documents that you might have overlooked without the questions. Instead of making two or more trips to a tax preparer's office, you can continue with very little interruption when you need more documentation.

Why File Taxes Online?

If the phone rings while you're working on your return, you can simply pause, talk to the caller, and then return to your computer. By filing your taxes online, you also eliminate the need to go out to a Post Office. There is another advantage here--once your form is forwarded to the IRS by the online filing company, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by the IRS, usually within 24 hours. This is quite an improvement over wondering whether they ever got a return you mailed.

One of the best advantages when you file your taxes online is the speed of the process. Not only can you complete it quickly, but you can also get your refund faster than you can imagine. After you have paid for the service and receive confirmation that the IRS has your form, your refund is usually on its way within just a few days. If you have elected to use the direct deposit option, it's even faster. Taxpayers who have been using the online filing option report that they are delighted with how simple and comprehensive it is and even more delighted with how fast they get their refunds.

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