Gov. Easley Announces More Options For Free, Low Cost Online Filing

E-filing of Tax Returns Now Available in Spanish

Date: 1/26/2007

RALEIGH – Gov. Mike Easley today announced that taxpayers will have more options this year for filing their North Carolina tax returns online for free or at a minimal charge through the state Department of Revenue’s expanded electronic services program. Through partnerships with tax software companies, the department is helping taxpayers save the cost of purchasing software and paying online filing charges.

“This year, all taxpayers will have the opportunity to file electronically, have their returns processed more quickly and get their refunds faster thanks to these expanded services,” Easley said. “North Carolina is one of the nation’s leaders in taxpayer use of electronic filing and we are continuing to search for ways to keep our services user friendly.”

Nine companies: TaxEngine.com; TaxSlayer.com; Intuit; TaxAct; eSmart Tax; Online Taxes; Tax$imple; Taxsoftware.com; and Online Tax Pros have signed on as participants in the state’s program to provide access, via the Internet, to online tax preparation and filing. These companies offer web-based applications that allow filers to prepare their tax returns without downloading software. Information about the fees is available at the different tax preparation service web sites.

The Revenue Department’s web site will have direct links to the online tax-preparation services. Online preparation of federal tax returns is available as well. More companies are expected to join the program as the April 15 filing deadline approaches. Information on e-filing and links to the services can be found on the home page of the Revenue Department’s web site: www.dornc.com.

For the first time electronic filing will be available in Spanish on the web through eSmart Tax. The company’s web site offers its full-featured English version in Spanish and it and can be switched between English and Spanish with one simple click. The service provides a complete translation of the taxpayer’s federal and state tax information into Spanish and allows taxpayers to file their federal and state individual income tax returns for a fee. The forms must be filed in English.

Last year, the state received more than two million electronically filed returns. The department’s partnership with the tax preparation software industry is part of its ongoing effort to improve customer service and meet the needs of taxpayers.

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