The easiest way to file your taxes is electronically. First, visit irs.gov/efile. Here are the top six reasons to choose e-file: One, it's easy. Tax software guides you through the filing process, asking questions to help you file a complete and accurate tax return and claim any credits and deductions for which you qualify. It's much easier than filling a paper tax return by mail. Two, it's free if your income falls within the qualifying thresholds through the IRS Free File program. If you make more than the income limits, use Free File Fillable Forms. Many taxpayers may also qualify to have their taxes prepared and filed electronically for free through the IRS volunteer programs. Three, it's convenient. You can e-file from your home computer or mobile device or ask your tax preparer to e-file your tax return for you. Four, it's safe and secure. The IRS uses modern encryption technology to protect you from identity theft. Five, by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit you'll get your refund faster, usually in less than 21 days, much faster than waiting for a paper check. Six, you can make an electronic payment when you file electronically. If you owe taxes, you can electronically file early and schedule an automatic payment from your bank account on any day up to and including the filing deadline. You can also schedule an electronic payment using IRS Direct Pay. For more information, head over to irs.gov/efile.