Kansas puts emphasis on filing taxes electronically

Paul Miller has been doing his taxes and filing paper returns for 70 years.

For nearly 60 years, he's had a side business doing others' returns, although he's cut back to about a half-dozen clients this year. For all of them, it's been paper returns.

"I'm just not as computer savvy as a lot of people are," the 92-year-old Wichitan said. "I like to see what I'm doing. Put it down on paper, then come back the next day to see what I've done.

"On the computer screen, I'm never quite sure."

That approach flies in the face of what the Kansas Department of Revenue wants from taxpayers.

Citing budget cuts and the cost of processing paper returns, the agency mailed out only 144,000 tax return booklets this year. No booklets were sent to large distribution centers, such as post offices and libraries, as they had been in the past.

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