As the Internal Revenue Service kicked off its 2005 tax filing season this week, it announced that it expects that its e-file program will hit a milestone.

The agency said Monday that it expects that the number of individual taxpayers filing their taxes electronically will surpass 50 percent for the first time this year.

"In 2005, we expect more than half of all individual tax returns will be filed electronically," Commissioner Mark W. Everson said.

The IRS, which will mail almost 29.5 million tax packages to Americans this week, projected that more than half of the expected 133 million individual tax returns will be filed through IRS e-file in 2005. Last year, almost 62 million taxpayers used e-file.

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