Department Announces New Electronic Tax Services
RALEIGH -- Secretary Norris Tolson announced several new electronic services offered by the
North Carolina Department of Revenue that will make filing and paying taxes faster and easier
for state taxpayers.
For the first time, individual income taxpayers who file their state and federal returns
electronically can have their state tax refunds deposited directly into their checking or
savings account. Direct deposit offers a safe, fast and convenient alternative to taxpayers
who file electronically.
"Our goal is to make filing and paying state tax returns faster, easier and more efficient,"
said Tolson. "The services we are able to offer this tax season and others that our Department
is developing will make a real difference for taxpayers."
In 2001, more than 1.2 million North Carolina individual income tax returns were filed electronically.
In the 10 years North Carolina has participated in the Federal/State Electronic Filing Program,
the state has consistently ranked near the top nationally in the number of individual income
tax returns filed electronically.
Taxpayers who have a personal computer and a modem can file their federal and state returns
electronically by using tax preparation software or an on-line service. For taxpayers who
don't have personal computers, many tax professionals will file federal and state returns
electronically for a fee -- even if taxpayers prepare their own return.
Electronic filing is more accurate because the returns are prepared with software that checks
and verifies all calculations -- reducing the number of mathematical errors. Typically, electronic
returns requesting a refund are processed within four weeks after the Department receives
them -- less time than it takes using a traditional paper return.
Tolson also announced that state individual income taxpayers can use a bank draft, credit
or debit card to pay their 2002 taxes through the Department's new 'E-Pay' system. This service
is available to taxpayers who file electronically and those who file paper returns.
The Department now offers businesses the option of filing their sales and use tax returns
and paying their tax electronically through the new 'E-File' system. Business taxpayers who
pay their sales and use taxes monthly, semimonthly or quarterly can now pay by bank draft,
Mastercard or Visa.
Valerie S. Thornton of the Internal Revenue Service also joined Tolson to announce some of
the new services offered by the Internal Revenue Service that will benefit North Carolina
taxpayers as well.
Taxpayers can visit the Department's website at www.dor.state.nc.us to
get more information about the new services offered by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
The website's 'Electronic Services' section provides details about 'E-Pay' and 'E-File'.
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