Taxpayers Urged to Continue Utilizing Electronic Filing
Columbia, SC (March 25, 2013) --- The 2013 individual income tax season is well underway and the SC Department of Revenue (DOR) is encouraging taxpayers to continue to file tax returns electronically.
Electronic filing is not only beneficial to the taxpayer, but to DOR as well due to the efficiency in processing times and savings of state funds. In addition, taxpayers may receive their tax refund in a shorter amount of time versus filing paper – generally in as little as 10 days. With its simplicity in software, filing electronically also leaves less opportunity for mistakes as most software providers offer error scans.
“With over 1.2 million income tax returns processed so far in 2013, 85% of individuals have chosen to do so electronically. It is important to DOR that every taxpayer feels confident in filing a tax return with the state and continue to utilize the benefits of filing electronically,” stated DOR Director Bill Blume.
Furthermore, qualifying taxpayers have the option to file electronically by means of tax preparation services available through the state and federally supported Free File Alliance. While users benefit from Free File’s automatic check for accuracy, the program, like many other electronic vendors, is also user-friendly, completely paperless, safe and secure.
As a matter of proficiency, filing a paper return renders no advantage to the taxpayer as compared to filing electronically, and for this reason, DOR has continued to encourage electronic filing due to its significant advantages.
Taxpayers have three options for receiving a tax refund: direct deposit, paper check, or prepaid debit card. Direct deposit is the preferred method by DOR.
For further information, please visit www.sctax.org or contact DOR’s individual income tax section at (803) 898-5709.