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March 12, 2015

Missouri Department of Revenue provides tax filing tips

JEFFERSON CITY - As the April 15 tax deadline nears, the Missouri Department of Revenue offers the following tips for taxpayers to keep in mind when preparing to file their taxes.

File electronically. Electronic filing is a secure way to avoid errors. E-filing is a service provided by almost all tax preparers, or individual citizens can purchase tax preparation software. Many citizens may qualify for free electronic filing through the Free File Alliance. For more information, visit the IRS Free File website or the Department of Revenue's website. Nearly 80 percent of Missourians now file electronically.

Use 2-D barcode forms. Even Missourians choosing not to E-file can still save time and reduce errors by using forms with 2-D barcode technology, which can then be printed out and mailed. The forms, which can be completed in one or more sittings, include a 2-D barcode that helps speed up the processing of the forms after they are mailed to the Department. Direct deposit of a refund is also an option for those choosing to use the 2-D barcode forms. Saving drafts of confidential returns is not recommended for people using public computers, such as in a library, where computer access is open to anyone. Missouri tax forms for Tax Year 2014 and other years are available on the Department's website.

Ask questions online or over the phone. The Missouri Department of Revenue answers many frequently asked questions about filing tax returns on the Department's website. Missourians can also call 573-751-3505 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or email the Department at [email protected] with questions about filing tax returns.

Obtain tax filing assistance. If you need assistance with return preparation, contact a local volunteer group. To locate the nearest volunteer group, call 800-906-9887 or 888-227-7669. Additional free tax preparation information can be found on the Department's website.

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