March 29, 2007 -- Up to 39 percent of U.S. taxpayers are planning to file their returns online this year, compared to 28 percent in 2004, the Conference Board reported this week.

In a recent survey of 10,000 households nationwide, just 43 percent of respondents said they were "extremely" concerned with Internet security when filing taxes online, down form 52 percent in 2004, the New York-based private research group said.

"Speed, convenience, and choice are compelling an increasing number of consumers to toss their pencils and papers and file their federal taxes electronically," Lynn Franco, the group's director of consumer research, said in a statement. "Whether using professional tax services or do-it-yourself software, electronic filing continues to grow year after year."

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