Washington (April 9, 2004) -- With less than one week to go until the April 15 filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reported that 48.5 million tax returns have been submitted through e-filing, more than five million ahead of last year's pace.

That number puts e-filing 12 percent ahead of last year, according to tax season statistics through April 2, released Thursday by the IRS.

So far, tax professionals have filed more than 34.2 million returns electronically, up 13.7 percent from last year. Home computer filers submitted more than 11 million returns, an increase of 21.3 percent from last year, while the IRS Free File program topped 2.7 million returns, up 23 percent from last year.

The IRS is also seeing high usage of the "Where's My Refund?" feature on IRS.gov. To date, more than 16.8 million people have visited the site to check on the status of their refunds.

-- WebCPA staff

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