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Pat Waldron, a senior tax adviser at H&R Block in Willmar, left, goes over tax documents Tuesday with Mario Santos of Willmar. The tax season has officially begun and more people are likely to use e-filing this year than ever before. Congress has said that it wants 80 percent of all U.S. taxpayers to go paperless. In Minnesota last year, 69 percent of residents filed their federal tax returns electronically. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

E-filing decreases chance of error, expedites refund


More and more Minnesotans are expected to file their taxes electronically this year -- a move that will not only help them get their refund more quickly but also will reduce the likelihood of errors.

The 2009 tax season kicks off this month. Taxpayers can start filing electronically on Friday.

"We've seen a lot of growth in e-file," said Carrie Resch, a spokeswoman for the Internal Revenue Service in St. Paul. "We encourage people to use the e-filing."

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