The Pros and Cons of Filing Taxes Online


In today’s modern world, you no longer have to head to your local tax office and wait forever for an agent to file your taxes for you. Today, you can simply get online and with a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse, file your taxes and send them to the IRS, Internal Revenue Service, quickly and efficiently. Whether you have ever filed your taxes online or not, there are a few pros and cons to be considered before you do. With that being said, read on below for the pros and cons of filing taxes online.

Pro: Faster

If you are used to using a computer, then there is no doubt that the process of filing online is much faster than the process of going to a brick and mortar office and waiting to have it done. There is also no doubt that the IRS will receive, review, and process your return faster as well. It is possible to get a return that is filed online in 10 day’s tops, while getting a refund by mail takes at least three weeks, sometimes longer.

Con: Requires at Least Some Knowledge of Computers

No matter which site or tax software you use, if you aren’t familiar with computers, then you are going to have problems filing your taxes online. In this case, it is better to get someone to help you file online or simply go the old-fashioned route with getting your taxes done.

Pro: Is Oftentimes Free

Many tax services offer to let you file taxes online for free. It is possible, however, that some services will ask for a fee for the time it takes to prepare and check the taxes for you.

Con: Is Possible It Could Be More Expensive

Even though the e-file acceptance for the IRS is free, it is possible that whatever tax service you choose could charge a fee for doing them through their site. However, the only way around this is to do the taxes yourself and mail them in an old-fashioned way. The choice, of course, is yours.

Pro: Super-Efficient

When filing online, everything and anything you need to file your taxes is right at your fingertips. This process is more efficient that having to find each and every form before you can even get started on filing your taxes, to begin with.

Con: Can be More Difficult for Some

Learning how to navigate and use the tax software is sometimes hard for some people. It is a learning process in the beginning that not everyone picks up easily. However, if you are used to working online, you shouldn’t have much of a problem with the learning process at all.

These are just a few of the pros and cons of filing your taxes online. If you are one of those that is on the fence and trying to decide, do your research, read the pros and cons carefully and then make the right choice for you and your tax needs. Contact Wage Filing today for more information.