Paper Tax Forms Become A Rarity As The IRS Decides To Stop Mailing Them

November 4th, 2010 - 7:09 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

November 4, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The internal revenue service of the US decided to stop mailing the heavy packages consisting of various forms, schedules as well as the instructions for filing the income tax returns last month.

This move is being seen as a method of decreasing the escalating costs of the internal revenue service. With the electronic mode of filing being available to the tax payers across the length and breadth of the country, the department does not feel the need for mailing the forms to every individual thereby placing a burden on the escalating costs of the department.

Statistics reveal that out more than 96 million individuals had made use of the electronic filing system while filing the tax returns. A total of 131 million returns filed this year. Only around 8% of the individuals received the tax packages by mail.

A few of the paper forms will still be maintained at the Troy Public Library although the number is expected to go down drastically. Members of the general public who are keen to get their forms printed will now have the option of printing it directly from the internal revenue website either by using their own printers at home or from the Technology Center of the library.

Free electronic filing will be available for all those who chose to avail of the Voluntary Income Tax assistance program. This particular program is aimed at all those who earn $49,000 or less in a year.

The language, one hopes, will be simplifies in accordance with the ‘Plain Writing Act’ which was signed by President Obama and requires all government forms to be written in an easy to comprehend kind of language.

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