The Internal Revenue Service announced that taxpayers are continuing to file their tax returns electronically from home computers at a record pace, up almost 7 percent from the same period last year.

Overall, e-filing has increased by nearly 4 percent since last year.  In addition to a 7 percent increase in self-prepared, electronically filed returns, e-filed returns from tax professionals climbed by more than 2 percent.

So far this tax filing season, 78 percent of all returns have been e-filed, compared to 76 percent for the same period last year. A similar increase has been seen in the percentage of taxpayers opting to have their refunds directly deposited into financial accounts. So far, the IRS has directly deposited almost 32 million refunds, or 82 percent of all refunds issued this tax filing season, up from 80 percent a year ago.

People are also visiting the IRS's Web site in record numbers. The IRS recorded almost 68 million unique visits to the site this year, in increase of 9 percent for the same period in 2006.

Separately, the agency also announced that anyone who pays user fees associated with Form 8802, “Application for United States Residency Certification,” will be able to pay them electronically through the IRS Web site beginning April 2.

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