The Internal Revenue Service may not reach the 80 percent e-filing goal for the 2007 fiscal year set by Congress in 1998, but it continues to advance with the help of improved technology, wider perception of its benefits, and both state and federal mandates for taxpayers and preparers.Last year, more than 73 million tax returns were filed electronically - nearly 54 percent of all tax returns - while the Free File Alliance, a partnership between the IRS and software vendors, continues to help drive taxpayers toward e-filing, serving about 4 million individuals last year. This year, the program has been expanded, with 70 percent of taxpayers - those with an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less - now eligible.
"The benefits are beginning to be appreciated. Its efficiency, accuracy and timeliness have paid off," said Dan Meehan, tax partner at New York area firm J.H. Cohn.
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