The Internal Revenue Service has been getting an average of more than 50,000 extra phone calls per day as a result of questions about the economic stimulus payment, and has received 379,000 tax returns from individuals filing solely to receive the stimulus payment.

An interim report on the 2008 tax season issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS has been responding quickly to taxpayer inquiries about the stimulus payments, also known as tax rebates. Electronic filing has been on the rise this year as well. As of March 8, electronic filing has increased by 7.3 percent over the same period in 2007, the report found.

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