WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taxpayers have been filing electronic tax returns in record numbers, the Internal Revenue Service reported one week before the April 15 filing deadline.

The nation's tax collectors said Thursday that they received 5 million more electronically filed returns compared with the same time last year. That amounts to a 12 percent increase in tax returns filed electronically even before a flood of returns arrives during the last two weeks before the filing deadline.

The IRS expects to get enough electronically filed returns in the days leading up to the April 15th deadline to beat last year's record of 53 million e-filed returns.

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