Isle tax e-filings
on the rise

The number of electronically filed tax returns in Hawaii has risen 9.3 percent this year, as of April 1, compared with the same time last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Some 193,678 Hawaii e-filed returns were submitted last year.

Nationwide, taxpayers have been filing electronic tax returns in record numbers. The nation's tax collectors said Thursday that they received 5 million more electronically filed returns compared with the same time last year. That amounts to a 12 percent increase in tax returns filed electronically even before a flood of returns arrives during the last two weeks before the filing deadline.

The IRS expects to get enough electronically filed returns in the days leading up to the April 15th deadline to beat last year's record of 53 million e-filed returns.

Taxpayers filing their returns from home, using tax preparation software or an online filing service, marked the biggest increase. Home computer filers submitted more than 11 million returns so far, a 21 percent increase over last year.


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