Arizona – E-Filing Fast Facts for Income Tax Season


E-file is a cooperative tax filing program that makes it possible for taxpayers to file both federal and state individual income tax returns electronically. Electronic filing, paying and using direct deposit for a refund comes with many benefits.

Why e-file your income tax return?

  1. Easy step-by-step instructions. The software directs taxpayers through the income tax form questions.
  2. Faster refunds.  On average, refunds arrive several weeks sooner than paper returns. 
  3. Accuracy. Input or upload your figures and the software does the rest, providing error detection before filing.
  4. Security. Information is encrypted and securely transmitted to the IRS and ADOR.
  5. Proof of acceptance. Taxpayers receive an acknowledgment of receipt from both the IRS and ADOR via the service, so they will know their returns have been received and accepted.
  6. Convenience.  The convenience of filing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from home.  

Why e-pay your payment?

  1. Single-step.  In a single step, a filer can e-file and e-pay.
  2. No need for paper checks. File early and schedule an online payment for a date prior to the April due date.  
  3. No unauthorized withdrawals will be made. Payment information will only be used for the tax payment(s) authorized by a taxpayer. 
  4. No payment information disclosed, other than to process the authorized transaction. 
  5. No ADOR service charges for e-check. Taxpayers may want to check with their financial institution about any fees it may charge. 

Why use direct deposit?

  1. Receive the refund fast – even faster if e-filed!
  2. Extra secure. There is no check to get lost.
  3. More convenient. No trip to the bank to deposit the check. 
  4. Free.  No cost for direct deposit.
  5. Available whether the return is filed electronically or by paper. 

Taxpayers can view a list of software providers certified to submit electronically filed returns with the department.

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For more information please visit: azdor.gov

Arizona department of revenue
march 03, 2021