Advantages of E-Filing

 

E-filing has some key benefits over other methods of filing. Learn more about the advantages of e-filing your tax return here.

Should I E-File?

Determining whether or not you should e-file is a decision you should ultimately make. You have the option of e-filing or filing your taxes via mail to the IRS. Before you choose your method of submitting your federal tax returns, you should understand the benefits and drawbacks of e-filing.

Benefits of E-Filing

Here are the benefits of e-filing your tax return:

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  • The IRS doesn’t have to re-enter your information into its system, this method results in fewer data-entry errors.
  • You receive an acknowledgment that the IRS received your return. The IRS doesn’t send an acknowledgment when it receives paper returns.
  • You’ll likely receive your refund faster if you e-file your return rather than mailing it.

Weighing E-Filing Advantages with Drawbacks

E-filing advantages do outweigh the drawbacks, although there are a few potential disadvantages with e-filing. Drawbacks can include:

  • Some individual returns (Form 1040) cannot be e-filed if they have attached forms that are not accepted by e-file or able to be sent with a transmittal document (Form 8453). (Keep in mind, Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and 1041 cannot be e-filed if they have attached forms, schedules, or documents that IRS does not accept electronically. However, if the form, schedule or document can be sent to the IRS separately using Form 8453 or 8453-F as a transmittal document, the rest of the return must be e-filed.)
  • Possible data loss issues. For example, if you store tax information on a computer and replace that computer.
  • Possible security risks and potential tax fraud. If the worst happens, the H&R Block Tax Identity Shield® offers victims assistance restoring their identities and getting their refunds.

E-Filing and Owing the IRS

If you owe the IRS, you can ask the IRS to electronically withdraw the money you owe directly from your bank account. You can decide when the IRS withdraws the money –up to the last minute on the filing deadline, even if you filed your return earlier.

Where to Go for Help With E-filing

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