Making taxes less taxing

President Clinton and the Internal Revenue Service are working to ease the

pain of tax season.

Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the president's 2001 budget

proposal would include a $10 tax credit for taxpayers who file their returns

online and a $5 credit for those who file via telephone beginning next year.

The IRS also has expanded a pilot that enables taxpayers to sign forms

electronically by requesting an e-file customer number from the IRS.

The moves are designed to encourage the use of the IRS' e-file system.

"Electronic filing will produce faster refunds, a reduction in errors,

quicker identification of compliance problems and reduced costs," Summers

told the IRS Modernization Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13.

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