What Is eFile?

eFile is offered by many companies as well as the IRS. It is a quick way to file your taxes. You can get your tax refund sooner by using eFile rather than filling out the paperwork by hand and mailing it.

How to eFile

Purchase tax preparation software that states it has eFile capability. If your adjusted gross income is within IRS guidelines, you can go to IRS.gov to eFile your federal taxes for free.


After you have completed your tax return, the software will ask if you would like to eFile. Choose this option. You will then be notified by email once the IRS has received your return.

Tax Refund

You can have your tax refund deposited directly into your checking or savings account by providing the information on your eFile tax return.


eFile tax returns are signed with a PIN (personal identification number) the government will provide to you. You must answer personal questions to receive the PIN to ensure security.


eFile tax returns are processed more quickly. You don't have to wait for the post office to deliver the return, as it is sent instantaneously via the Internet. By opting to have your refund direct deposited, you also won't have to wait for a check to come. The IRS states that your direct deposit could be in your account in as few as 10 days.