DOR: Electronic Filing Gains Popularity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


February 24, 2005


Contact:  Jessica Iverson, Communications Officer, 608-261-2271



 


 


MADISON— With just under eight weeks remaining until the April 15 filing deadline, more than 600,000 people have electronically filed their tax returns.  That’s two thirds of the 900,000 returns that have been submitted so far this year. 


 


“More and more people are choosing this easy and convenient way to file their tax returns,” said Secretary of Revenue Michael L. Morgan.  “This increase in electronic filing is great news for the taxpayers of Wisconsin because each e-filed return saves the state 75 cents in processing costs.” 


 

























While saving the state money, e-filing also saves taxpayers time.  Those who e-file can receive their state refund back in as soon as five business days with direct deposit.  To date, the average refund going back to taxpayers is $623.


 


This year to date


Last year to date


Total Received


864,051


409,967


Paper


250,547


126,050


Electronic


613,504


283,917


Average Refund


$623


$590


(Estimated through February 19)


Anyone can electronically prepare and submit their tax return for free.  Visit www.irs.gov and click on Free-File to prepare your federal return.  Then visit www.Wisconsin.gov and click on the Free-File logo to file your state tax return.  If your state return is rather complicated, other software options are available through the Department of Revenue’s website.


 


E-filers who plan to reuse their purchased tax preparation software should double-check the mailing and banking fields.  These fields tend to be automated and will fill in last year’s information.  If an error is submitted it will cause a delay in issuing a refund.


 


 


 


For more information on Free-File:


·        State tax return at www.Wisconsin.gov and click on the Free-File logo


·        Federal tax return at www.irs.gov and click on Free File


 


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The Department of Revenue encourages you to include the following links on your website.  These links will direct the public to Wisconsin Free-File, IRS Free File Alliance and a fast and easy way to check the status of tax refunds.


 



  • Wisconsin Free-File

https://ww2.dor.state.wi.us/GenericFile/application?interview=1118165 


 



  • Federal (IRS) Free File Alliance

http://www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id=118986,00.html


 



  • Where is my Refund?

Wisconsin inquiry: https://prd2p.it.state.wi.us/dor/faqs/inquiry.html


Federal (IRS) inquiry: https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp


 

If you would like a copy of the Free-File logo for your website, please e-mail Jessica Iverson at [email protected].