E-filing catches on in the Commonwealth

    A record-breaking 4.5 million Pennsylvanians electronically filed their personal income taxes last year.

    It’s an all-time-high for the commonwealth, and a 7 percent jump in the number of people who choose to get their tax refunds–-or pay their balances–-electronically.


    State Department of Revenue spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell says the error-reducing calculators on electronically filed returns can help taxpayers avoid common mistakes.

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    “Transposing numbers, adding numbers up inaccurately, transposing cents for dollars… those kind of things,” said Brassell.

    She says foregoing the postage stamp is also the most cost-effective way to file a tax return.

    “Electronic filing does save the state significant money, about $3.48 per return,” said Brassell.

    This year, the state saved about $880,000 more than it did last year because of the rise of e-filings.

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