A committee of tax experts delivered an annual report to Congress recommending improvements in the IRS's Web and electronic filing services, including one suggestion that would punish tax preparers who don't file individual returns electronically.

The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee listed that as its No. 1 recommendation, noting that it had made the same suggestion last year to no avail. "At this time, ETAAC believes that all reasonable voluntary means have been exhausted with respect to encouraging preparers to e-file individual tax returns, and it is time to take a stance by announcing an e-file mandate for tax return preparers," said the report. The mandate would apply to all paid preparers who use tax software and file more than 50 individual returns, with minimum penalties set for non-compliance.

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