Personal Tax Electronic Filing
General Information About Personal Tax Electronic Filing
Filing electronically is a fast growing alternative to mailing paper returns. The Missouri Department of Revenue received more than 2.5 million electronically filed returns in 2015. Convenience, accuracy, and the ability to direct deposit your refund are just a few of the reasons why electronic filing is becoming one of the Department's most popular filing methods.
In an effort to protect taxpayers from refund fraud, the Department is implementing additional security measures to ensure refunds are issued to legitimate taxpayers. In 2016, taxpayers will have the option to include driver’s license information when electronically filing their 2015 state return. This information will be used as an additional identifier to authenticate a tax return. Returns will not be rejected if an individual fails to include this information, but the information will make our process more efficient while providing increased assurance that tax refunds are directed to legitimate filers.
E-file works in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Electronic Filing System. Taxpayers can e-file from a computer, or by using a tax preparer who is an approved Electronic Return Originator (ERO). The state return is transmitted to the IRS along with the federal return. When the federal return is accepted, an acknowledgment (electronic confirmation) is sent from the IRS. The IRS then transmits the state return information to the Department. When the state return is accepted, an acknowledgment is sent from the Department.
The Department has entered into an agreement with certain software providers to offer free online filing services to qualified Missouri taxpayers. This agreement is called Free File Alliance. Through this agreement, taxpayers can file their Federal and Missouri state income tax returns using approved software.
- For more information, visit our E-file Frequently Asked Questions.
- Free Online Filing of Federal and State Income Tax Returns through the Free File Alliance
- IRS Link to Free Federal Online Filing
- Software Providers Offering Online Filing of Federal and State Income Tax Returns
- IRS List of Authorized ERO’s
Benefits of Electronic Filing
- Convenience. You can electronically file 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Security. Your tax return information is encrypted and transmitted over secure lines to ensure confidentiality.
- Accuracy. Electronically filed returns have fewer errors than paper returns.
- Direct Deposit. You can have your refund direct deposited into your bank account.
- Proof of Filing. An acknowledgment is issued when your return is received and accepted.