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Poll: Filing online is for convenience

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people file their tax returns electronically because itís convenient, despite lingering concerns about the security of their most sensitive financial information, according to a new AP poll.

Half of those surveyed said they use a professional tax preparer to file their returns, a quarter use a software program, 15 percent do the returns the old fashioned way with pen and paper and 8 percent ask a friend or family member for help, according to the survey conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

More than six in 10 who were polled April 2-4 said they had already filed their taxes. The average time spent on preparing their returns was just over eight hours. Only about one in 10 admitted to being a procrastinator who would barely make the deadline.

Those expecting refunds were much more likely to have filed their returns early.

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