The ambitious goal of having 80 percent of federal tax returns electronically filed by 2007, suggested by Congress in 1998 legislation, may not be out of reach.

"We don't want to give up on that goal yet," said Bert DuMars, director of Electronic Tax Administration for the Internal Revenue Service. "I'm not giving up until I have to. Over 50 percent of all individual returns will be e-filed this year," he said.

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