In the year 2011, we can do laundry from our smartphones and file tax returns electronically. Yes, even the IRS is on Twitter! Technology has made it shockingly easy to tend to our taxes, especially for the procrastinators and hyperactive digital multi-taskers who fear the date like plague.
According to comScore, tax websites attracted 26.8 million visitors in January, representing a 345% increase from December. Sites such as TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxACT all achieved triple-digit gains. If you aren’t part of the lucky few already awaiting a refund, the following resources will not only help get your filing done quickly, but provide you with a jumpstart on next year’s tax planning.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the Web
It’s the first tax filing season that the IRS won’t be mailing its forms. Digital delivery is now standard. It seems that the agency is taking steep measures to modernize its offerings in order to meet the needs of growing tech-savvy taxpayers. The benefits of filing electronically include knowing the status of your return 72 hours after submitting it versus the three to four weeks it takes via snail mail. Plus, you can find tax tips using all of these IRS new media resources: