1997 Tax Help Archives  

Alternative Filing Methods

This is archived information that pertains only to the 1997 Tax Year. If you
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What is a 1040PC tax return?

The 1040PC is an alternative to filing a conventional paper tax return. It is a computer generated tax return that prints out only the lines on which you made an entry. For example, this format can reduce an eleven page conventional tax return to two pages. Because you're using IRS approved software, there are fewer errors, and that means faster processing of your return by the IRS. Look for IRS accepted software advertised in computer magazines or at your local software store. Refer to Tax Topic 251, 1040PC Return, for more information.

We will be filing a joint tax return. Can we file our return electronically?

Yes. Filing your return electronically is faster, safer, and more accurate than mailing your tax return because it is transmitted over telephone lines directly to an IRS computer. Refer to Tax Topic 252, Electronic Filing, for more information.

Can I use computer-generated tax forms instead of the IRS forms?

IRS provides for the approval and acceptance of computer- prepared and computer-generated tax forms that are filed by individual taxpayers and tax practitioners, in place of many of the official IRS printed forms. For additional information, refer to Tax Topic 253, Substitute Tax Forms.

Will the IRS recommend a reputable preparer?

The IRS will not recommend a specific tax preparer. You may want to check with friends, co-workers, or your employer for help in selecting a reputable preparer. For information on factors to consider when choosing a preparer, refer to Tax Topic 254, How to Choose a Tax Preparer.

What is TeleFile?

TeleFile is an interactive computer program that calculates your taxes and begins the electronic filing process over the phone. IRS automatically sends a special TeleFile package to those who may be eligible to use it. Only those receiving the package can use TeleFile. This year, many taxpayers who filed Form 1040EZ or by TeleFile last year will receive a special TeleFile tax package that allows them to file their taxes electronically by phone. TeleFile is easy, fast, and free. It's available 24 hours a day, with nothing to mail in. TeleFile is a great way for students to file their tax returns. Refer to Tax Topic 255, Telefile, for more information.

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