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IRS Received Wave of Returns at End of Tax Season

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Apr 26th 2017
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After a late surge of filings last week, the IRS said that it had received 135.6 million individual income tax returns through April 21.

With that last-minute wave of returns, the number of filings this year is only slightly below the number of returns from last year’s filing season. As of April 22, 2016, the IRS received 136.5 million returns, according to data the agency released on Tuesday.

Of the more than 17 million tax returns the IRS received through the end of last week, 13.6 million were filed electronically. Overall, 122.2 million returns were e-filed in 2017, down just 0.3 percent compared to the end of tax season in 2016.

With the mid-April filings, the number of refunds issued this year rose to 97 million, totaling $268.3 billion. The average refund was $2,763, up slightly from last year’s average of $2,711.

Taxpayers have filed 11.6 million extension forms this filing season, up 0.9 percent compared to the same time last year. The vast majority of extensions – 9.7 million – were e-filed, an increase of 11 percent from the same time last year.

Here’s a look at the 2017 filing season statistics (as of April 21) and how they stack up to last year (as of April 22, 2016):

Individual Income Tax Returns 2016 2017 % Change
Total Returns Received 136,528,000 135,638,000  -0.7
Total Returns Processed 129,456,000 128,789,000  -0.5
       
E-filing Receipts 2016 2017 % Change
Total 122,546,000 122,164,000  -0.3
Tax Professionals 70,864,000 70,401,000  -0.7
Self-Prepared 51,682,000 51,763,000  +0.2
       
Web Usage 2016 2017 % Change
Visits to IRS.gov 325,525,568 312,255,666  -4.1
       
Total Refunds 2016 2017 % Change
Number 97,079,000 97,104,000   0.0
Amount $263.197 billion $268.296 billion  +1.9
Average Refund $2,711 $2,763  +1.9
       
Direct  Deposit Refunds 2016 2017 % Change
Number 81,221,000 81,646,000  +0.5
Amount $234.269 billion $239.410 billion  +2.2
Average Refund $2,884 $2,932  +1.7

 

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