E-file, direct deposit and e-payment programs are running at record paces so far this year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Through March 25, 49 million returns were filed electronically, a 7 percent increase from last year. Overall, 64 percent of all returns were e-filed, up from 62 percent for the same period last year. While this percentage will decline as April 15 approaches, the IRS still expects to have more than half of all individual tax returns filed electronically for the first time. "This shapes up as a really strong year," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "Taxpayers who haven't filed yet should check into e-file and Free File." Also, record numbers of individuals are now paying their taxes with credit cards. So far this year, almost half a million taxpayers have paid their taxes with a credit card, up from 324,000 at the same time last year.

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