Electronic tax return filing has been shown to be more secure, more accurate, and faster & cheaper to process than paper filing. Every professional tax preparation company in the U.S. is required to file tax returns electronically, but people who do their own taxes are still allowed to send in paper. And there's no charge for sending in a paper tax return even though it costs more for the IRS to process them.
Should everyone who has internet access be required to file their tax returns electronically? Should people who file paper returns be charged a fee to cover the additional cost?
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No way. Asking people to send personal financial information over the internet, and charging them for doing otherwise, is not fair. I know quite a few people who don't do any of their financial transactions on the web, who don't use credit cards, etc. And you can't charge people for how they pay their taxes! It's already preposterous that it's so complicated that it requires paid assistance to do; the only years I was able to do my own was when I was single, had one consistent job, and owned nothing. Now it's impossible.
If you're doing your taxes on your own you should not have to pay extra to submit them.
I do my taxes every year using turbotax. It's $20 to file my state taxes electronically. Federal was free.
I don't see a problem with requiring taxes submitted online. 20 years ago direct deposit was an option at some places and over time it has become the norm, even mandatory for some sources of income.
If you want to get technical, you do have to pay for the postage to submit a paper return.
I know here they encourage e-filing but it is not mandatory. Starting in 2015 there will be no more government cheques, everything has to be done by direct deposit.
Question? I know that Americans file separate tax forms for state and federal, do they go to separate places? Here the federal government collects on behalf of the provinces and forward the money on.
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Nope. People should be able to file however they want, just as long as they file.
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I started using tax software in about 1996. I don't know when I started filing electronically, but I know I have had direct deposit of my refund for the past 15 years.
Times and technology have changed. I *know* how to do my taxes using the publications and the forms, but why? It is so much easier to use the tax software and choose the bubble for "file electronically" than print forms and mail.