Online Tax Filing Program Overview

How to e-file your taxes online?

Step 1 - Get all your tax information together! - You'll save time and won't have to stop in the middle of preparing your current year tax return to find a missing document. Here's what you'll need :

  • Social Security numbers for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents.
  • Forms W-2 from all employers are required for yourself and your spouse.
  • Forms 1099 for Dividends, Retirement, or other income, or any Forms 1099 with Income Tax Withholding.
  • Receipts for expenses for Itemized Deductions (Schedule A).
  • Receipts and records for other income or expenses.
  • Bank Account numbers (for a fast refund, or to pay electronically).
  • Prior year Adjusted Gross Income amount or prior year PIN if using a Self-Select PIN as your signature.
  • Complete information on what records you need, and how long to keep your records.

Step 2 - Choose the method of e-filing that works for you:
  • Tax Professional
  • Personal Computer
  • Free File

Step 3 - e-file it!

Paid Preparer - If you choose a tax professional to prepare your return, be sure to ask for IRS e-file. When your preparer electronically files your income tax return, you don't have to worry if the mail gets through. And, IRS e-file is so accurate that you are 99% less likely to receive subsequent correspondence from the IRS. e-file delivers a fast refund, in as little as 10 days with Direct Deposit. Keep in mind there may be fees associated with tax preparation. In addition, some tax preparers may charge a fee to provide IRS e-file.

If using a Tax Preparer, be sure to take all your information with you, and don't forget to ask for IRS e-file! Use our locator service to find an Authorized IRS e-file Provider nearest you.

Personal Computer - A computer with a modem or Internet access and tax preparation software are all you need to DIY (do-it-yourself). Best of all, you can e-file from the comfort of your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More than 35 million returns were e-filed from home computers. For more information on using a personal computer and a list of IRS-tested and -approved software companies,

Those filing taxes online, just answer the simple questions in your tax preparation software, and the software will do the rest for you. For faster refunds, or to pay when YOU want to, have your bank account number handy.

Source: IRS.GOV