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2006 Tax Filing Season Sets Records

IR-2006-67, April 25, 2006

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the recently completed 2006 filing season set a series of records, highlighted by 70 million tax returns being filed electronically this year and home computer usage jumping 18 percent.

The jump in e-file reflected a larger increase in the use of electronic services. The IRS saw new records for in filings from home computers and the use of IRS.gov.

“We saw a surge of e-filing at the end of the tax season, particularly with people using software on home computers. Compared to recent years, we had much more e-filing in the weeks leading up to the deadline, signaling that more balance due filers are embracing this service,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “Overall, we received more tax returns electronically this year than the number of paper returns we processed for the entire United States in 1966. E-file is changing the way the nation does taxes.”

“E-filing complemented the hard work of IRS workers, tax professionals and tax volunteers during the tax season,” Everson said. “I’d like to thank these people for their hard work and dedication.”

The 70 million e-file returns accepted through April 21 topped the 68.5 million electronic returns received for all of 2005. The agency expects the e-file number to increase before the close of the e-file season in October. Taxpayers who filed for extensions can use e-file until Oct. 16.

Through April 21, 2006, the IRS had received:

  • 70 million returns through IRS e-file — up 6 percent from the same time last year.
  • Almost 20 million taxpayers filed from a home computer — up 18 percent from the same time last year and almost 3 million more than for all of 2005. The IRS will continue to receive returns filed from home computers until October 16.
  • 50 million returns from tax professionals, up 9 percent from the same period last year.

By April 21, the IRS had issued 85 million refunds averaging $2,237 per refund. More than 60 percent — 53 million — were issued through direct deposit, representing a 7 percent increase from last year. Direct deposit gets refunds to the taxpayer a week sooner than issuing a check.

Usage of IRS.gov, this filing season climbed more than 7 percent. So far this year, there have been 122 million visits to IRS.gov, up from 113 million for the same period last year.  [Note: Attached are the filing season statistics for the week ending April 21, 2006.]

 

4/22/05

4/21/06

Percent Change

Total Receipts

120,133,000

122,721,000

2.2

Total Processed

100,299,000

102,148,000

1.8

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts

 

 

 

TOTAL

65,961,000

70,069,000

6.2

Tax Professionals

46,013,000

50,333,000

 9.4

Self-prepared

16,668,000

19,736,000

18.4

Telefile

3,280,000

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

Web Usage

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

113,340,718

121,859,609

7.5

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds

 

 

 

Number

84,741,000

85,151,000

0.5

Amount

$181.711 billion

$190.521 billion

4.8

Average

$2,144

$2,237

4.3

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number

49,400,000

53,056,000

7.4

Amount

$125.098 billion

$138.304 billion

10.6

Average

$2,532

$2,607

2.9

 

 

 

 


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