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IRS e-file: Filing your taxes online was never easier!

e-file logo Your Electronic Alternatives to Filing Paper Returns

IRS e-file Options For:

Individual Taxpayers

File your 2008 Individual Income Tax Return electronically (available through October 15, 2009).

You can file online for free through the Free File program.

Business and Self-Employed Taxpayers

Electronic filing and payment options for businesses including employment taxes, information returns, partnerships, corporations, and estates & trusts.

Includes information on the new Modernized e-File (MeF) program for partnership returns, Forms1065/1065-B.

Large and Mid-Size Corporations Certain large and mid-size corporations are required to electronically file their Forms 1120 and 1120-S, while others may do so voluntarily. We've included information for corporations who prepare and transmit their own corporate returns and for those using the services of third-party tax professionals. 
Tax Professionals

IRS e-file information for tax professionals. Several online e-services products are available including the electronic IRS e-file application.

Includes information on the new Modernized e-File (MeF) program for filing partnership returns electronically.

Charities and Non-Profits

Electronic filing options for tax-exempt organizations.  New requirements mean large tax-exempt organizations are now required to e-file their returns. 

Excise Tax Filers Legislation now requires filers of certain Excise Forms to file their returns electronically.
e-file Software Developers and Transmitters For individual and business e-file programs.  Includes XML schemas - downloadable zipped files and other useful information for e-file software developers and transmitters. 


New Rule: IRS e-file Providers must register Websites
New ruling as of July 30, 2007 for all IRS e-file providers who obtain taxpayer information via the Internet directly or through third parties to e-file returns electronically.

Related Information:

Advancing E-file Study Phase 1 Report  Version 1.3
Achieving the 80% E-file Goal Requires Partnering with Stakeholders on New Approaches to Motivate Paper Filers.

Electronic Payment Options
Electronic payment options are convenient, safe and secure methods for paying taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit card or enroll in the U.S. Treasury's Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
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Modernized e-File (MeF) Program Information
Modernized e-File (MeF) is a web-based electronic filing system used to transmit business tax returns through the Internet.

Information for IRS e-file Providers
Find IRS e-file information for Tax Professionals, Electronic Return Originators, Intermediate Service Providers, Transmitters, Software Developers and Reporting Agents.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: February 06, 2009