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State urges taxpayers to file returns electronically

The 2015 tax filing season has now begun for both the Oregon Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service.

Both agencies began accepting returns electronically and processing all returns Jan. 20. The Oregon Department of Revenue encourages Oregon taxpayers to e-file their state and federal tax returns.

“Taxpayers can get their refunds sooner if they e-file,” explained Ken Ross, manager of the Personal Income Tax program. “You can get your refund in seven to 10 business days, instead of the six to eight weeks it takes to get your refund if you file a paper return.”

Other e-filing benefits include fewer errors, faster return processing and quick, safe return transmission and acknowledgement of receipt from the Department of Revenue and the IRS.

There are a number of e-filing software options.

Oregon has teamed up with the IRS Free File Alliance, which means some of the Oregon-approved online tax preparation sites offer free e-filing for federal and Oregon returns.

For more information on e-filing, visit Oregon.gov/dor/e-filing.

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