Washington (March 29, 2004) — Both home computer users and professional tax preparers are setting a record pace for e-filing so far this season, according to the latest statistics released by the Internal Revenue Service.

Nearly 10 million returns have been self-prepared on a home computer and submitted through e-file through March 19, representing a 22.9 percent increase from last year.

Tax professional use of e-filing is up 10 percent over the same period last year.  Overall, e-filing is up 11.4 percent, with more than 43 million returns filed electronically.

The IRS Free File program has received more than 2.46 million returns, an increase of more than 24 percent.  The total so far for Free File is nearly a half-million more returns than during the same period last year.

-- WebCPA staff

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