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IRS “Direct File” federal tax filing available to 12 states and 19 million people

ir(IRS) released a report over the weekend saying about 19 million taxpayers across the United States can use a free Internet service called Direct File.tax returnServices account for about 12% of all tax filers. According to Internal Revenue Service data, about 160.6 million people will file income tax returns in 2022.

“For the first time in history, 19 million taxpayers in 12 states can file their taxes directly with the IRS through free online services,” IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a video statement.

The IRS originally estimated that only hundreds of thousands of taxpayers would be able to use the newly launched free online tax filing system in the initial launch, but the newly announced number of people eligible to use it has far exceeded expectations.

Most Americans prefer to file their taxes online, but the IRS still accepts traditional paper returns, and the IRS website regularly releases paper tax return updates.

In 2022, 93.5% of taxpayers will file their taxes online, and only 6% of taxpayers will file their taxes on paper or by mail. Of those who file taxes online, about 57% use third-party tax filing software, only 2% use an older version of the IRS’s free tax filing system, and another 41% use other electronic tax filing systems. Use filing methods.

The 12 states that can use the “Direct Filing” free service include: Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington,Wyoming,

Private tax preparers have always opposed the IRS’s launch of free online tax filing services on the grounds that their business would be greatly affected. Tax professionals have also spent millions of dollars lobbying against free tax preparation services. The IRS originally had “non-compete agreements” (NCAs) with many private tax preparation companies.

In 2022, Congress passed the “Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)” and approved the IRS to launch a new version of free tax filing services. The IRS is still studying how to fully launch the system. The bill increased funding for the IRS by $80 billion over the next ten years, but was affected by subsequent annual appropriations cuts, reducing additional funding by approximately 25%.

The IRS reports an increase in the number of people filing taxes directly online. Pictured is the IRS Tax Preparation Services Center in Brooklyn, New York City. (Reuters)

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