Beat the Rush -- File Electronically for Faster Refunds
RALEIGH – Taxpayers who want to get their state individual
income tax refunds back fast can beat the rush by filing their returns
electronically. Those who file their state and federal tax forms electronically
typically get their state refund within four weeks or less. That’s
faster than traditional paper filing.
Through the Federal/State Electronic Filing program, the Department
of Revenue joins the Internal Revenue Service to provide an alternative
to filing paper tax returns. The system allows taxpayers to file their
state and federal individual income tax returns simultaneously or
file their state return by itself.
In the 12 years North Carolina has participated in the program, the
state has consistently ranked near the top nationally in the number
of individual income tax returns filed electronically. Last year in
North Carolina, more than 1.5 million individual income tax returns
were filed electronically and over 8 million have been filed since
the program began.
Taxpayers who have a personal computer and a modem can file their
federal and state returns electronically by using tax preparation
software that has been approved by the Department or they can use
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 returns. To get a
list of tax professionals in your area who offer electronic filing,
visit the Department’s website at www.dor.state.nc.us
(under Electronic Services, Electronic Filing, Individual Income,
E-File) and enter your zip code.
Electronic filing is more accurate because the returns are prepared
with software that checks and verifies all calculations -- reducing
the number of mathematical errors. Taxpayers also receive an immediate
confirmation that their return has been received, giving the taxpayer
immediate proof of filing. And with electronic filing, taxpayers who
owe the state money can also file their returns early and wait until
the due date to pay the amount they owe. They can also have their
refund deposited directly into their checking or savings account.
Taxpayers should not file their state and federal individual income
tax returns before they receive a wage and tax statement from their
employer. A tax professional who electronically files a state or federal
return based on a paycheck stub can be denied participation in the
Federal/State Electronic Filing program.
(Taxpayers who need more information about electronic
filing should check the Department's website at www.dor.state.nc.us/electronic/pc-file
for a list of approved software developers and links to their sites.
Instructions for 'Filing Electronically Using A Home PC'
and 'Filing Electronically Using A Tax Professional.'
are also available online.)
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10/31/07 03:43:55 PM