Internet tax filing on rise
- By Judi Hasson
- Apr 07, 2000
The portion of taxpayers filing their 1999 returns over the Internet has
reached about 27 percent so far, a top Internal Revenue Service official
Paul Cosgrave, the chief information officer at the IRS, said Thursday there
has been a slow but steady increase from last year, when about 23 percent
of all taxpayers filed online.
"It is going in the right direction," Cosgrave said.
Final numbers for this year's online filing won't be available until after
this year's tax filing deadline on April 17.
The IRS hopes to have most taxpayers filing online by 2008, but many kinks
still need to be worked out, including the cost. Many taxpayers have to
pay about $20 for software that enables them to file to a third party who
then transmits the return to the IRS.