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Simplify Your Individual Tax Filing Process with these Tips

February 12, 2024

Phoenix, AZ—Tax season can be overwhelming for individuals and families with errors causing processing delays leading to frustration. For most taxpayers, following these tips may help make it easier and less stressful.

E-filing versus paper returns
Electronic filing makes it easy for taxpayers to file individual income tax returns with fewer mistakes and quicker processing.

  1. Free File. Taxpayers may qualify to file for free through the Free File Alliance. About 70 percent of taxpayers are eligible for this service. Coming soon a free Direct File option may also be available to you. 
  2. Easy, step-by-step instructions. E-file software makes it easier for taxpayers to prepare and submit their income tax forms by prompting them with questions.
  3. Faster refunds. On average, refunds arrive up to seven times sooner than when filing by paper.
  4. Accurate. Taxpayers can input or upload their figures, and e-file software does the rest, reducing human typing and math errors.
  5. Automatic. Returns are transferred right into ADOR’s systems. No mail delivery wait time. No paper opening. No sorting. No manual data entry.
  6. Proof of acceptance. Taxpayers receive an acknowledgment of receipt from both the IRS and ADOR via the software vendor. No need to worry about the delivery of your return.
  7. Secure. Confidential information is encrypted and securely transmitted to the IRS and ADOR.
  8. Convenient. The convenience of filing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from home.

Advantages of e-pay rather than paper check

  1. One-Stop-Shop. In a single step, taxpayers can e-file and e-pay.
  2. No need for paper checks. File early and schedule an online payment for a few days before the April due date. Filing paper checks last minute assures you will experience delays due to filing volume.
  3. Peace of mind. Automatic withdrawals from the taxpayer's account and no need to worry or monitor transaction activity.
  4. Secure. No payment information is disclosed other than to process the authorized transaction.
  5. No ADOR service charges for e-check. Although ADOR charges no service fees for e-checks, taxpayers should check with their financial institutions about any fees they may charge.

Using direct deposit

  1. Fast. Receive the refund in your account within two business days - even faster if e-filed! Paper refunds are mailed within three business days after approval, plus mail delivery time, plus a trip to the bank can equal a week later.
  2. Extra secure. There is no check to get lost.
  3. More convenient. No trip to the bank to deposit the check. All you need is your routing and account number.
  4. Free. No cost for direct deposit.
  5. Flexible. Available whether the return is filed electronically or by paper.

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