Tax law changes, a surge in business e-filing, and a move by practitioners toward greater use of the Internet will impact the type of filing season that tax preparers have this year."It will be typical year in terms of filing," observed John Hewitt, chief executive officer of Virginia Beach, Va.-based Liberty Tax Service. "About a million-and-a-half to two million more people will file returns than last year."
However, Hewitt sees both positive and negative effects from some of the tax law changes introduced for the 2005 tax year. "The new dependent definition will cause some problems for preparers. Some taxpayers won't be getting the refunds they expected, and that could hamper e-filing and refund anticipation loans."
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