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We get it, we do. You don’t love idea of paying your taxes. Only a handful of Americans do: accountants, those banking on big returns, a few politicians, Warren Buffett. The rest of us aren’t really psyched about tax season.

So, IRS wants you to hate it less. How? They make it easy, allowing you to electronically file (e-file) and opt to receive your refund deposited directly into your bank account. Last year, eight of ten U.S. taxpayers filed individual returns via e-filing ― approximately 112 million people. Those e-filers smile to themselves as the filing deadline arrives, knowing some less-fortunate sap is standing in a line that wraps half way around the post office, counting down the minutes till midnight. Fingers crossed.

Not convinced e-filing’s for you? It’s your money. But keep in mind e-filing is the fastest, safest and simplest way file your taxes and obtain your return. You don’t need to be Mark Zuckerberg to handle the technology.

There are a lot of reputable companies and online services that provide information and assistance if you want to file your taxes online. Here are a few to get you started.

Check out some of the most reputable fee and free e-filing options.
IRS’s Guide to e-filing
File your federal taxes for free with Free Tax USA
These three fee services provide customer support and step-by-step instructions.
Turbo Tax
Tax Act Online
e-Smart Tax

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