E-Filing Lags behind Mandate


IRS estimates indicate about 60% of all tax forms will be electronically filed during 2008, far short of a 1998 congressional mandate of 80% by 2007. For a second year, the Service’s Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee recommended that Congress authorize the IRS to require e-filing by paid tax preparers who use tax software to prepare more than 50 individual returns per year.

ETAAC also urged the IRS to “strongly encourage” e-filing vendors to eliminate filing fees.

Source: The IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee’s Annual Report to Congress, www.irs.gov.

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