IRS Logo
Print - Click this link to Print this page

e-file with Commercial Software

e-File includes both preparing taxes using tax software and filing taxes electronically. You can pay electronically, too.

Doing Your Taxes

Buy tax software either off-the-shelf or online. The software's question and answer format makes doing taxes easier than filling out paper tax forms.

Signing Your Taxes

Electronically filed returns must be signed electronically. You verify your identity by entering last year's adjusted gross income or a five digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) that you create yourself. This makes your return more secure and completely paperless.  To create your PIN and get more information on signing your return, go to Electronic Filing PIN Help.     

Filing Your Taxes

When you hit send, your return will be securely transmitted through an IRS-approved electronic channel.  It is not sent by e-mail because e-mail is not as safe as our secure channels. 

As part of the delivery process, IRS computers automatically check your return for  mistakes.  If we find easy-to-fix mistakes, like a math error or a wrong social security number, we immediately send it back to you.  You can fix it and send it right back.  This saves time and prevents a simple mistake from holding up your refund.     

Paying Your Taxes

We offer several convenient, safe and secure ways to pay your taxes electronically. 

  • e-file and pay in a single step by authorizing an electronic funds withdrawal and get an acknowledgement as soon as we accept your payment;
  • pay by credit card; or, 
  • mail a check or money order (made out to the United States Treasury) using Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher.

With e-file, you can file as soon as you are ready but schedule your payment for any date up until April 15, 2014. No payment can be scheduled for a payment date past the due date for that respective form. To find out more, go to Payments.

Getting Your Refund

Go to Where's My Refund? on the right side of the home page to find out where your refund is in the IRS processing pipeline. You'll need your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 

Not sure you want to do your taxes yourself?  Go back to e-file for Individuals.



Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Dec-2014