More and More Americans Prepare Taxes Online

by Jessica Cervantez

About 68-million people e-filed tax returns last year. This year, that number is expected to nearly double. You can file online through the IRS web site, or you can file by purchasing software, like Turbo Tax and Tax Cut.

Phillip Hudnall, the assistant store manager of Office Depot, said, "They are both very step by step as far as walking you through the process, and they can offer you deductions that you might miss if you do them yourself."

One of the biggest advantages of electronic filing, is the much quicker turn around time.

Koshy Alexander, a tax manager, said, "If you electronically file by noon on Thursdays, the IRS, is required to refund your money by that following Friday."

Filing online maybe easy to use, fast, convenient and secure, but it doesn't mean it's for everyone.

RW Reppond, who is from Nacogdoches, said, "We've done it before, it works really well, but it seems like the accountants can save you a little more money. They know the ins and outs and the do's and don'ts."

Eddie Lopez, from Lufkin, said, "I don't know how to use the computer that is why I don't use it."

Sherry Diveley, who is also from Lufkin, said, "I did it one year and it worked really but I'm probably going long form, so I'll probably need some help with that."

If you have a complicated tax return, you might be better off leaving it to a professional, otherwise it might be more economical to do it yourself.

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