Personal Income Tax Filing Options
File your Personal Income
Tax return electronically using one of three methods offered by the PA
Department of Revenue. TeleFile and pa.direct.file, available free of charge, no longer require a special
your Personal Income Tax return over the Internet and transmit the return
directly to the Department. With
pa.direct.file you can report most types of income and claim dependent
children for Tax Forgiveness. If you filed a tax return last year, your SSN and PA driver's license or
identification card number are all you need. It's free and available 24 hours a day.
PA/IRS e-file allows you to file federal and state income tax returns together. It is
available through tax preparers or computer software. You may also qualify for free filing or free software,
for more information.
Why should I file electronically?
Regardless of the option you choose, the Department protects your information
with the latest security safeguards.
The systems perform the math calculations for you.
The Department processes refunds in three to four weeks instead of six to eight
weeks for a paper return.
You can have your refund deposited directly into your checking or savings account. Direct deposit is not available with a paper PA tax return.
Upon filing with padirectfile, the Department immediately gives you a
as proof that you filed. When
filing PA/IRS e-file, the Department sends an acknowledgement
directly to you, your tax professional, or Electronic Return Originator (ERO)
that we accepted your tax return.
NOW, PAY LATER:
If you owe tax, you can have your tax payment deducted electronically
from your checking or savings account. This
option allows you to determine that date you want to pay your tax. You can pay when you file or you can delay your payment until the due
Remember:When you use one of the electronic filing options, do not
send a paper copy of your tax return. Keep
a hard copy of your return or worksheet for your records.
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