Washington (March 2, 2004) -- Electronic filing has shown a sharp increase among this tax season's early filers, the Internal Revenue Service reported.

The number of returns filed electronically through Feb. 20 reached 29 million, up more than 2 million, or 8 percent, over the same period last year, the IRS said. More than 6.6 million taxpayers have e-filed from their personal computers, a 23 percent increase.

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