The 2006 filing season set a series of records, highlighted by 70 million tax returns filed electronically - up 6 percent from last year.

"I'm surprised at how much people have accepted e-filing," said Holliston, Mass.-based preparer Larry Novick. "A couple of years ago, no one wanted to give the government their checking account number; now everyone wants it. And it's been encouraged by the fact that in Massachusetts any preparer who does 100 or more returns must e-file at the state level. If you're going to e-file for the state, you might as well e-file your federal return."

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