Record numbers use IRS' e-file in 2009

More than 67 percent of people have used e-file for tax returns this year

People have used the Internal Revenue Service’s e-file technology to submit 95 million federal income tax returns so far in 2009, up almost 6 percent from last year’s total of nearly 90 million, IRS officials announced today.

Of the 141 million returns filed so far this year, more than 67 percent were filed electronically, compared with 59 percent last year, according to the IRS.

Although the total number of tax returns increased 10 percent in the past decade, the number filed electronically has increased 168 percent in the same time, according to the IRS.

Taxpayers who use a home computer to file taxes electronically are an increasingly significant segment of e-filers, IRS officials said. More than a third of electronic returns — more than 32 million — were filed from a home computer, which represents an increase of almost 19 percent from last year’s record of 27 million. Other e-filers use accountants and tax-preparation services.

More than 3 million taxpayers filed their tax returns for free through the IRS Free File program, officials said.

Earlier this year, the IRS launched a YouTube video site and an iTunes podcast site to provide information about tax provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Filing taxes electronically on the rise

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

The 2015 Federal 100

Meet 100 women and men who are doing great things in federal IT.

Featured

  • Shutterstock image (by venimo): e-learning concept image, digital content and online webinar icons.

    Can MOOCs make the grade for federal training?

    Massive open online courses can offer specialized IT instruction on a flexible schedule and on the cheap. That may not always mesh with government's preference for structure and certification, however.

  • Shutterstock image (by edel): graduation cap and diploma.

    Cybersecurity: 6 schools with the right stuff

    The federal government craves more cybersecurity professionals. These six schools are helping meet that demand.

  • Rick Holgate

    Holgate to depart ATF

    Former ACT president will take a job with Gartner, follow his spouse to Vienna, Austria.

  • Are VA techies slacking off on Yammer?

    A new IG report cites security and productivity concerns associated with employees' use of the popular online collaboration tool.

  • Shutterstock image: digital fingerprint, cyber crime.

    Exclusive: The OPM breach details you haven't seen

    An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers’ calibrated extraction of data, and the government's step-by-step response.

  • Stephen Warren

    Deputy CIO Warren exits VA

    The onetime acting CIO at Veterans Affairs will be taking over CIO duties at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

  • Shutterstock image: monitoring factors of healthcare.

    DOD awards massive health records contract

    Leidos, Accenture and Cerner pull off an unexpected win of the multi-billion-dollar Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, beating out the presumptive health-records leader.

  • Sweating the OPM data breach -- Illustration by Dragutin Cvijanovic

    Sweating the stolen data

    Millions of background-check records were compromised, OPM now says. Here's the jaw-dropping range of personal data that was exposed.

  • FCW magazine

    Let's talk about Alliant 2

    The General Services Administration is going to great lengths to gather feedback on its IT services GWAC. Will it make for a better acquisition vehicle?

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above