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DeAnn Reed
Antelope Staff
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Sophomore Tashia Anderson sits in the library lounge and checks her Facebook account. The premed student from Burwell said her dad files her taxes for her.

Good news from the IRS?

Students may be eligible for a free electronic filing of their 2009 tax return. Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is $56,000 or less will qualify for the free e-file. The e-file is made possible due to the partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies.

Most tax Web sites offer easy step-by-step instructions, and filers can receive their federal return in as little as 10 days. Web sites like Turbo Tax walk the participants through federal tax forms, do all the math calculations, and the tax payers receives a confirmation with 48 hours that the IRS has accepted their tax return. The biggest benefit using these online tax services is the accuracy they provide.

While many tax Web sites offer the free federal e-file, the state filing may not be free, so check. Last year tax professionals filed over 62.3 million individual tax returns of the 95 million total e-file receipts.

The IRS Web site provides taxpayers with online e-file information. Unlike most tax professionals, these sites are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They even offer advice on federal tax forms that taxpayers will need to file their taxes.

Many of the online tax Web sites can even file complicated tax returns. Businesses, corporations with LLC status, and tax payers who own investments and rental properties may want to check out the online e-files. Most Web sites offer their customers IRS audit support.

Assistant store manager for the Antelope bookstore, Craig Nelson, said he has known about the online e-file but said he uses agencies like H&R Block to file his taxes. He said his parents have been filing their income taxes this way for years.

Nelson is not the only one following parents’ advice. Senior Jake Hanshaw an organizational communication major, from Beatrice, said his parents use H&R Block too. He said that only problem he has ever had filing his taxes was when he did his state taxes over the phone. He said, “…it was a big hassle.”

Students who are interested in filing their taxes online can log on to the IRS site. The site has a list of online companies that provide the free e-file services and can answers  many questions that students may have.  

The deadline to file income taxes is April 15, but if students are interested they can file their taxes early online,  beat the  deadline and ideally get back money sooner.


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