A spokeswoman for the Internal Revenue Service says by electronically filing your tax return you can get your refund more quickly and eliminate many common mistakes.

Karen Connelly with the agency's Denver office says most people who file their return electronically and have the money direct deposited into their bank count get their refund within 21 days.

By comparison, she says people who file a paper tax return usually have to wait 4-6 weeks to collect their refund. Connelly says the electronic filing software also catches many of the common mistakes people make when filing their return, including common math errors.

She also remind taxpayers that people making less than $62,000 a year can file their returns electronically for free using software available at the IRS website. Connelly says there is only one category of taxpayer that needs to file a paper return, and that is anyone who has been a victim identity theft or tax fraud.

Connelly says in 2015 over 80 percent of American taxpayers filed their return electronically.

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