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As e-file Grows, IRS Receives Fewer Tax Returns on Paper

IR-2014-44, April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — As of March 28, the Internal Revenue Service has received 82 million returns through e-file, about 91 percent of returns filed this year. Only about 9 percent, 8.3 million returns, were filed on paper.

The IRS expects to receive about 148 million individual income tax returns this year and projects that 23 million returns will be on paper, down 7 percent from last year’s total of 25 million paper returns.

IRS e-file has accomplished many goals, including reducing the amount of paper the government must process. This reduction of paper processing allows the agency to be more efficient and use valuable resources to address other critical work.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that e-file is the safest, fastest and easiest way to submit their individual tax returns. Since 1990, taxpayers have e-filed more than 1 billion Form 1040 series tax returns safely and securely.  

  [The filing season statistics table follows.]

 

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2014 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative statistics comparing 3/29/13 and 3/28/14

Individual Income Tax Returns:

2013

2014

% Change

Total Receipts

90,244,000

90,761,000

0.6

Total Processed

85,039,000

89,127,000

4.8

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:

 

 

 

TOTAL           

80,991,000

82,440,000

1.8

Tax Professionals

49,214,000

48,787,000

-0.9

Self-prepared

31,777,000

33,654,000

5.9

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

247,990,560

222,397,053

-10.3

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

72,231,000

73,035,000

1.1

Amount

$201.502

billion

$206.785

billion

2.6

Average refund

$2,790

$2,831

1.5

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

61,133,000

61,223,000

0.1

Amount

$180.868

billion

$180.687

billion

-0.1

Average refund

$2,959

$2,951

-0.2

 

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