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January 19, 1998

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File your 1997 taxes by telephone

  Beginning Jan. 15, many Washington residents will have the opportunity to file their 1997 federal tax returns using a touch-tone telephone. Millions of TeleFile packages have been mailed to households throughout the U.S. TeleFile is the fastest and easiest way to file. After completing the TeleFile Tax Record (included in the package,) taxpayers call a toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, and input information, following a series of voice prompts. The system will compare their tax and Earned Income Credit (if they qualify,) and provide them with a confirmation number for future reference. The whole process takes about ten minutes. Refunds are usually issued twice as quickly as with paper returns, and may be deposited directly in the taxpayer's bank account.
   In order to use TeleFile, taxpayers must have received a special tax booklet with a Customer Service Number and meet certain requirements, which are explained in the package. In 1997, over 116,000 Washington taxpayers used TeleFile. This year, the IRS has increased the number of eligible filers by updating its address file with information from the U.S. Postal Service. For more information on TeleFile, contact IRS at 1-800-829-1040, or access the IRS web site at www.irs.ustreas.gov.