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IRS e-file available for extension filers

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," Everson said.

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 taxes.

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.

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