'E-file is changing the way the nation does taxes'

Take a look at this blog entry’s headline.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

That’s what IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said this week in a statement on the IRS Web site.

I couldn’t agree more.

The Internal Revenue Service said the recently completed 2006 tax-filing season broke a number of records, including a 6 percent jump in electronically filed tax returns — a whopping 70 million of them.

And it ain’t over yet, folks — the IRS will continue to receive returns filed electronically until Oct. 16. So that number is certain to rise.

I for one hate going to the post office. I pay all of my bills online these days and am sending more and more "e-cards" for birthdays and holidays. And with high-speed Internet services becoming more available — and more affordable — it’s safe to say we’ll likely see new records in terms of e-filing with each new tax season for the foreseeable future.

And that’s a good thing for folks like me who hate standing in lines at the post office and who use their PCs obsessively — and who wouldn’t mind saving a tree or two along the way.

Read more about this topic and catch some interesting factoids from the IRS press release titled "2006 Tax Filing Season Sets Records."

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