IRS adopting new technology under the “Paperless Processing Initiative” that will speed up refunds and cut processing time

Date: August 18, 2023

Experience Faster Tax Returns with Digitized Paper-Filed Returns

By 2025, the IRS is set to revolutionize its tax return process by digitizing all paper-filed returns. This exciting development brings great news for taxpayers, as it is expected to significantly reduce processing times and expedite refunds by four weeks. Previously, the IRS faced challenges in digitally processing the 76 million paper tax returns they received, resulting in lengthy processing times due to manual data entry.


Introducing Electronic Submissions for 20 Key Forms


Additional Benefits of the New Process

Can I still paper file?

Absolutely! If you prefer to mail in your forms or do not have reliable access to the Internet, you can still submit returns or non-tax forms to the IRS via mail.

If you have questions or would like to consult with an attorney, contact the Indiana Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at or (812) 339-7668.

Eli Nahmias,
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Law Clerk