The Missouri Revenue Department is reminding taxpayers who haven’t yet filed of a benefit to filing electronically over mailing income tax returns: Getting refunds sooner. Electronic filers can choose the direct deposit shortcut, meaning refunds will be in the taxpayers’ accounts anywhere from three to six days sooner than they would with so-called snail mail. The Department’s Jessica Robinson says during last year’s filing season about 45 percent of Missourians’ personal income tax returns were filed electronically – a 12 percent jump over the previous year. And, there are big hopes for another jump this year, perhaps putting the number of electronic filers above the 50 percent mark. In addition to direct deposit, electronic filing offers immediate proof of filing and increased accuracy.
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