Washington (Jan. 6, 2004) -- This week, 28 million electronic tax filers will receive postcards and 34 million paper filers will receive Form 1040 booklets as the 2004 filing season gets underway. The IRS expects to process 131 million individual tax returns this year, approximately the same as last year. This year, according to the IRS, more than 53 million taxpayers will opt to e-file. 

The Internal Revenue Service has begun the new tax year by introducing 1040 Central at www.irs.gov. Taxpayers and practitioners with a question, searching for a form or checking the status of a refund now can find everything they need at 1040 Central. IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson unveiled the new 1040 Central feature, which is designed specifically for individual taxpayers and the tax professionals helping them.

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