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Kentucky officials show what happens to your personal documents when taxes are filed

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -

For the nearly 8,000 Kentucky taxpayers who already filed on paper this year, tax forms are sorted, opened and prepped for scanning inside the Kentucky Department of Revenue in Frankfort.

The machines have the ability to sort and open thousands of envelopes each hour, but only one percent of taxpayers have used paper forms so far this year.

For taxpayers who use paper documents, the department says leave out the staples and paper clips. Your forms will process faster.

“We urge everyone to file electronically,” said Glenn Waldrop, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Department of Revenue Public Information Officer.

This year, 99 percent of taxpayers have filed electronically. According to the Department of Revenue, it's safer and it also saves you and the department time. You'll get your hands on your return faster.

“[Filing electronically] takes about 10 to 12 days,” said Nick Harren, Director of Division of Operations for the Kentucky Department of Revenue. “Paper filing depends on when you file. Filing closer to the deadline could take as much as 10 to 12 weeks.”

Fewer people are filing early this year. According to the Department of Revenue, numbers are down 10 percent from this time last year in Kentucky and across the country.

“They think it's probably because of the child tax credit delay through the IRS,” Waldrop said. 

A new law required the IRS to hold refunds until mid-February for those claiming an Earned Income Tax Credit and an Additional Child Tax Credit.

If you're one of those people who waited, you have three extra days to file this year. The deadline is April 18.

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