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The IRS seems to be urging people to use e-filing of income tax returns. It also seems that there is almost always a fee for filing in this manner.
The advantages to me that I see are the cost avoidance of postage and printing the forms and PERHAPS quicker processing by the IRS. Based pm that I don't think
e-filing is worthwhile.
Is there some advantage to me that I am neglecting?

Yes, you are overlooking the advantage that the IRS gets to free up resources they would spend on typing the stuff in, and shift those resources to audits. And they can prodiuce ever more complex returns, because now they can handle the amount of data entry, AND, finally, they get the stuff all way faster in the computer, so they can start audits earlier in the year.

AND, you are paying for their infrastructure with your filing fee.
(Or, you are paying for the fact that they have outsourced that filing to the tax prep companies...) Right now, you get rebates for those filing fees from almost everyone, but as people accept thge notion of e-filing and e-filing fees, you'll be expected to really pay 'for the convenience'.

Smart people owe tax, they do not expect refunds (why give Uncle Sam an interest free loan?). Hence, no advantage for those people in getting the refund earlier...

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