Taxpayers and tax professionals who filed for an extension can use e-file to file their 2004 tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service. 

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.

In addition to e-file, several private companies participating in the Free File program will continue to provide free return preparation and e-filing services to eligible taxpayers through mid-October.Aug. 15 is the last time that TeleFile can be used to file tax forms of any kind. The IRS said that it is discontinuing the TeleFile system -- using a telephone to file basic tax returns and extensions -- because of declining use and the growth of other electronic filing alternatives, such as Free File.

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