|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Matt Golden
|April 14, 2004||
Electronic Filing Hits Milestone as Method of Choice for Taxpayers
TRENTON - New Jersey Treasurer John E. McCormac announced today that for the first time since tax year 1995, when the Division of Taxation began offering a paperless tax filing option, the number of paperless tax forms submitted has surpassed the one million mark.
Through April 13, the number of paperless returns for tax year 2003 is 1,028,215. The previous single year record for paperless submissions was tax year 2002, when 975,179 filers chose one of New Jersey's three "FastFile" options. The FastFile, user-friendly systems include NJ TeleFile, NJ WebFile, and NJ ELF, which enable taxpayers to submit paperless returns over the telephone, via the Internet, or through use of a computer-software package. The Division of Taxation has received 1,838,025 paper returns to date, indicating that one out of every three taxpayers has submitted forms through FastFile. Over 4 million total returns are expected by the April 15 deadline.
The increased usage of FastFile systems has enabled personnel in the Divisions of Taxation and Revenue to process returns and deliver refunds to taxpayers at an accelerated rate this spring.
are pleased with taxpayers' response to the paperless filing options,"
said Treasurer McCormac. "Our overall paperless success has been
made possible though improvements to technology and computer programming.
As a result, the State is reducing processing costs while also delivering
efficient, user friendly services to the citizens of our state."
"The electronic-filing systems can be accessed from the convenience of your own home, and, this year, we've made the process even easier by eliminating the New Jersey Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) that were previously required," Treasurer McCormac explained. Taxpayers who use NJ ELF will still need a federal PIN.
NJ TeleFile allows taxpayers to submit their returns free of charge by dialing 1-888-235-FILE (3453) from a touch-tone telephone in New Jersey or its surrounding states and following the automated voice prompts. Users should complete a TeleFile worksheet prior to calling the toll-free number.
NJ WebFile is a free, Internet-based system with extensive firewalls and software security provisions. Everything you need to prepare and file a State tax return can be found with the click of a button at www.njwebfile.com.
NJ ELF enables those filing their federal returns electronically to submit New Jersey returns at the same time. Taxpayers can file via computer with approved tax-preparation software or by visiting an online tax-preparation site. They can also seek the services of a tax professional. A list of approved software vendors can be found on the Division of Taxation's Web site, www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/appsoftvend.htm
Taxpayers who have a liability to the State can make their payments online through either electronic check (e-check) at www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/online.htm or by credit card.
FastFile systems are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For
more information, visit www.njfastfile.com
or call our customer service center at 609-292-6400. Representatives
are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended
hours till 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15th.