Washington (June 28, 2002) -- The Internal Revenue Service is seeing a repeat of a trend last year, where the vast majority of the 9.7 million taxpayers filing after April 15 overlooked using e-file and direct deposit. More than 80 percent of these taxpayers are due refunds, which average $500 more than the refunds for people filing during the regular tax season."Extension filers are missing out on a chance to get refunds quickly and safely," said IRS commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. "More and more people who file by April 15 use e-file and direct deposit, but use of these benefits drops dramatically when taxpayers get an extension. It's a missed opportunity."
Last year, about 6 percent of the 9.7 million post-filing season filers used e-filing. That's well off the one-third of returns filed electronically by April 15. For direct deposit, only 10 percent of these filers used the feature to send refunds directly to a bank account last year, far from the 40 percent usage earlier in the year.
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