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I have been using tax prep software (Tax Cut) the last 3 years, but I have always printed and mailed my returns. The main reason was since I owed some taxes, I had no incentive to have my return processed expeditiously. The Tax Cut package was free after rebate without online filing.

Due to a recent home purchase whose timing I could not control, I have a substantial refund due me. I am wondering whether to file online to speed the refund by a few weeks, but I am concerned about privacy, telemarketing etc. Since the return has info like SS#, address, income etc I am concerned about it falling into the hands of identity thieves or being misused by the service provider for telemarketing etc. Am I being needlessly paranoid or is this a real area of concern?

Thanks for your advice.
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