Washington (Dec. 15, 2003) -- The Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service said it’s unlikely that the agency will meet its congressionally mandated goal of having 80 percent of individual electronic tax returns filed electronically by 2007.

"Although potential incentives [exist], reaching the 80 percent goal at this point requires a major and most likely unrealistic change in tax preparer and taxpayer behavior,” the board said in its annual electronic filing report to Congress. The board called for broader e-filing educational and marketing efforts, and possible additional benefits and incentives for e-filers.

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