what to do with clients who insist on paper?
e-filing may be the best thing to happen to the irs—and tax preparers—since the invention of paper and red tape.
- it beats paper on cost—just 36 cents to process, vs. $15.21.
- it beats paper on speed—a couple of hours from sending to acceptance, vs. days to mail, more days to open, more days in storage, more days to transcribe, and maybe months more to process.
- it beats paper on accuracy—no need for transcription.
- it beats paper on convenience—taxpayers can e-file in minutes from a desktop; irs can store and move e-files easily and instantly.
- it beats paper on inconvenience—e-filing allows continuous processing regardless of weather, pandemics, etc.
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so why does the irs still have barriers limiting e-filing?