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Tax Collectors Disconnect File- By- Phone Program

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SACRAMENTO (AP) __ State income tax collectors are disconnecting their file-by-phone program known as TeleFile because of a drop in usage.

The program enabled taxpayers who take standard deductions to file tax information by pressing the numbers on a push-button phone.

Use of the program peaked in 1998 when 299-thousand taxpayers phoned in their tax information, but last year the number of

TeleFilers dropped to 74-thousand.

Tax officials say many taxpayers will still be able to file tax forms by computer.