March 21, 1996
Filing by Phone a Hit with Taxpayers
WASHINGTON - TeleFile, the new Internal Revenue
Service product that allows taxpayers to file by telephone, is a runaway hit. A month
before the April 15 filing deadline, TeleFile volume had hit 95 percent of what was
projected for the entire year and one-third of the states had already exceeded those
During the week ending March 15, every state but one surpassed the TeleFile projection
for that week. Returns arrived from Massachusetts at triple what was expected. Returns
from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Dakota came in at double the anticipated rate. The
only state falling short was Alaska, with 87 percent of the week's projection.
"TeleFile is a hit," said IRS Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson,
"and we anticipate bigger numbers next year when we make this option available to a
larger group of taxpayers."
This year, TeleFile was available to more than 20 million taxpayers who had income of
less than $50,000 and otherwise would have filed Form 1 1040EZ. By March 15, nearly 2.4
million had made the short phone call needed to file their tax information.
TeleFile saves taxpayers time and the IRS money. It is cheaper to process and more
accurate than the use of traditional paper forms.
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