How to E-File Federal and State Tax Return Together?

The Federal/ State E-file program lets the taxpayers to file both the federal and the state tax returns together. For this, about thirty-seven states in the U.S and the District of Columbia joined with IRS to let the tax filers e-file their federal and state tax return at the same time.

How does this program work?

When the taxpayer uses the state or federal E-file, the e-filing software collects the data from the user and put them in separate segments of federal and state return. These separate segments, otherwise called pockets are transmitted to the IRS at the same time. The IRS once received the data from the user for the state that participates in the program, retrieves and processes the state tax return.

How to File Federal/ State Tax Return Together?

Tax filers can use the federal or state e-file system through the enrolled tax agent ( or CPA, which is accepted by the IRS as an authorized e-file service provider. The tax payer cannot e-file this federal/ state tax return through the IRS online forms manually, without the enrolled agent. The tax filer can able to e-file only the federal tax return through the IRS online forms.

Which states allows both Federal and State E-filing?

To perform this federal/ state e-filing, the tax filer must know whether his/ her state participates in this tax return program. So, these are the following states that made the state filing system super convenient to the users. The residents of these states can submit the state tax along with the federal tax return to the IRS:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan , Mississippi, Missouri , Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey , New Mexico  , New York , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio , Oklahoma , Oregon , Pennsylvania , Rhode Island , South Carolina , Utah , Vermont , Virginia , West Virginia , Wisconsin. 

Benefits of Federal/ State E-filing

This simultaneous e-filing is definitely a convenient option for all the tax payers. Apart from that, the other benefits of this filing are as follows:

      • Quick Process: This e-filing process much faster than the paper tax filing.
      • Accurate: The software that helps in tax preparation eliminates the errors, the build-in error detection helps the user to identify the errors in the form and correct them while filing. Thereby, this reduces more time and effort.
      • Fast Refund: When the processing of the tax returns is fast, then the refund amount is faster than before.
      • Filing Proof: Receive the notification, once the federal and state tax returns received and accepted the tax returns from the tax payer.

This e-filing is completely safe, as the IRS has many security features like anti-virus, firewalls and encryption to keep the user’s data and the transaction safe and secured. So, start e-filing the federal and state tax return simultaneously at