IRS e-file available for
Taxpayers and tax professionals who filed for an extension
can use e-file to file their 2004 tax returns.
The IRS expects some 10 million taxpayers to file after the
April 15 deadline. Among them are those who received an automatic four-month
filing extension to Aug. 15, and those granted an additional two-month
extension to Oct. 17 because of certain hardships.
"Extension filers should take a few minutes and look
into the benefits of IRS e-file," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson.
"IRS e-file is the preferred method for taxpayers who
want their taxes done fast. It's accurate, secure and easy to use,"
E-file is also the best option for taxpayers who need to
file but did not get an extension, according to Everson. He said e-file speeds
the return to the IRS, reducing penalty and interest amounts for those who owe
This year marks the first time that more than half of all
taxpayers filed electronically. All told, 53 percent of taxpayers filed
electronically this year.