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Smaller Tax Preparers|Must File Electronically

WASHINGTON (CN) - Starting in 2012, paid tax preparers who file more than 11 tax returns per year must file their clients' returns electronically, or have their clients submit the return to the Internal Revenue Service themselves, according to new rules adopted by the IRS.

The move is part of the IRS's effort to get everyone to file electronically. It follows last year's implementation of rules requiring those who prepare more than 100 returns a year to file electronically.

The IRS reports that last year, two out of every three returns were filed electronically.

In 1998, Congress had set a goal that by 2007, 80 percent of individual tax returns would be completed electronically. The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee, created by Congress in 1998 to advise the IRS, says that goal may be reached by 2012, and recommended the new e-fling requirements for paid tax preparers.

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