Which is better: Filing taxes online or by paper?

Price plays a factor when deciding a method

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – For many of us, January marks the start of tax season, and you might be struggling to decide which filing option is best.

Debra Douglass of Chicopee told 22News filing online is easier. “On Turbo Tax, they ask you questions. So rather than trying to figure out what they mean in a printed sentence, they ask just a regular question, like do you have a house? Do you have this do you have that? It fills the form out for you so it is a lot easier than trying to figure it out on paper.”

E-filing also allows you to get your return faster, and it’s more accurate. The IRS has to retype every paper return it receives manually into the computer. That increases the risk of a mistake on your return.

Still, some residents say they just feel more comfortable filing by paper, and getting some help from a tax preparer.

Aimee Tompkins of Westfield said, “Many different laws have changed and there are so many different laws that you can take advantage of. It’s worth having someone who knows what they’re doing to pay them and make sure that you know what you’re doing and you’re covered.”

When you’re trying to decide which way to file, price could play a roll. The IRS says the average professional tax preparer charges $152. Turbo Tax offers charges just over $70 for filing state and federal returns, although they do have a limited “Free service.” H&R block says they’ll file your state and federal returns for $9.99 including in-person support.

Something you may not know is you can track the status of your e-file or paper return online. Click Here to find out how.

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