Washington (March 5, 2004) -- E-filing is running more than 9 percent ahead of last year's pace and the number of taxpayers filing from their home computers has soared, according to the latest data from the Internal Revenue Service.

Overall, the IRS said the number of tax returns has increased 2.8 percent compared to last year. More than 33.5 million returns have been e-filed, about three million more than this time last year. Returns prepared and filed from home computers have jumped 23 percent.

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