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Let the tax season begin!

Tina Fineberg / AP File

Remember when we used to fill out tax forms by hand? For most people, tax time now means turning on the computer. The IRS announced Wednesday that you can begin e-filing your returns, marking the start of tax season.

If you’re snowed in in Seattle or enjoying an extra long holiday weekend elsewhere in the country, here’s a nice way to spend the rest of the day: Filing your taxes.

The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that it has begun accepting electronically filed tax returns for the 2012 tax season.

Most Americans already file individual tax returns electronically, and the government is hoping to increase that percentage even more in the coming years.

Of course, many people will probably wait much longer to file their tax returns, expecially this year. That’s because the tax deadline has been extended to April 17.