Washington (Feb. 24, 2003) -- So far this filing season, 72 percent of taxpayers have filed electronic returns and 77.6 percent of those getting money back have requested direct deposit of their refunds.

Although over 16 million out of 22.7 million e-filed returns have been prepared by tax professionals, the percentage of self-prepared e-filers has jumped 33.8 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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