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Online Income Tax

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Online Income Tax Option

The list of the advantages you can experience by doing online income tax preparation and filing is pretty impressive. That's one reason that 53 million taxpayers went with the online filing option last year and that millions more will probably join them this year. After all, why not do your taxes in the easiest, fastest, and most accurate way possible?

Preparing your tax return starts the same way no matter which filing option you choose. Inevitably, you are the one who will have to gather your tax documents, receipts, and other information pertinent to your taxes. Once you've done that much, however, the rest of the process really changes when you do your taxes online.

Online Income Tax Advantages

Below is a list of the advantages you will enjoy when you do your taxes online:

  • Once you have determined which form to use, you will be asked a series of questions and will simply enter information from your tax documents into the appropriate fields on your screen.
  • You may have the option to have your W-2 and 1098 information pulled directly off the Internet by your vendor thus eliminating some data entry.
  • You don't have to pay for the service until your return is completed and you are ready to submit it or print it out for mailing.
  • Before you get to the final version, the program will usually do an error review in order to eliminate problems that could cause a delay in your refund if you have one coming.
  • You will get an emailed confirmation of receipt from the IRS, often within a day or so.
  • If you owe taxes, you can pay online using a credit card or electronic check.
  • If you are expecting a refund and elect the direct deposit option, your refund will be there in days rather than weeks.
  • Most online tax preparation vendors offer some form of help including online tax tips, email, and/or phone support.


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