Record number of Minnesotans file taxes from home computers
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that Minnesotans electronically filed in record numbers this year. Nearly 1.9 million federal tax returns were filed electronically by Minnesotans during tax season this year, led by a big increase in people using home computers.
Last year 529,000 individual income tax returns were filed from home computers by Minnesotans all year. By mid-May this year, the IRS had accepted 619,700 returns from Minnesotans filed from home computers, up 19 percent from the same time last year.
Nationally, IRS e-file broke the 90 million mark this year, accepting 90.6 million income tax returns through home computers and tax preparers using e-file, up almost 6 percent compared to the same time last year.
"E-file is a great option, and this year's record is another sign people enjoy the speed and accuracy of e-file," said IRS spokesperson Carrie Resch.
About 6 percent of Minnesotans hadn't filed their federal tax return as of late April. "Taxpayers with extensions can still take advantage of e-file through October 15," Resch said. Free file offerings, including new Fillable Forms, are available through IRS.gov to provide all filers with a free electronic option this year.
A higher percentage of the population is choosing to e-file this year. About 77 percent of Minnesotans who filed through April chose to e-file their federal tax returns, compared to 73 percent for the same time last year.
IRS e-file is popular because it's fast, safe and accurate. An electronically prepared and filed return has an error rate of less than 1 percent, compared to an error rate of about 20 percent for a paper prepared return.
People can receive a refund in as little as 10 days if they use electronic filing and direct deposit. Also, people who owe can also pay electronically by debiting their financial account or using a credit card.
More information on electronic filing and free file is available at IRS.gov.