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Another Record-Breaking Number of Taxpayers Choose to Electronically File in 2007

IR-2007-185, Nov. 7, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service this year received nearly 80 million tax returns through e-file, breaking the record set last year.

The 2007 level is up about 9 percent from the 73 million returns filed for the same period last year. Of the 139.3 million returns filed in 2007, 79.98 million or about 57.4 percent were filed electronically.

  “It was another record-breaking year for e-file,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Linda E. Stiff. “Paper returns continue to drop year after year. E-file is the safe, accurate way for more and more taxpayers to quickly complete their taxes and get a refund faster.”

Since 2001, the number of e-filed returns has almost doubled and over the past decade the number of e-filers has increased four-fold.

  Year 

Returns

  Total E-file 

 Percent E-file

1997

 121.5 million

19.2 million

15.8%

1998

123.8 million

24.6 million

19.9%

1999

125.9 million

29.3 million

23.3%

2000

128.4 million

35.4 million

27.6%

2001

131.0 million

40.2 million

30.7%

2002

131.7 million

46.9 million

35.6%

2003

131.6 million

52.9 million

40.2%

2004

132.2 million

61.5 million

46.5%

2005

134.0 million

68.5 million

51.1%

2006

136.1 million

73.3 million

53.8%

More than 22.6 million returns have been e-filed by taxpayers doing their own returns, up from 20.3 million from the same period last year. More than 57.4 million returns were e-filed by tax professionals, up from nearly 52.9 million last year.

Direct Deposit, IRS.gov also Set Records

Meanwhile, more people this year chose to have their tax refunds directly deposited than ever before. For the year to date, the IRS has directly deposited 61.4 million refunds, up 8 percent from last year.

The IRS Web site — IRS.gov — also experienced a record year. The IRS recorded 196.2 million visits to IRS.gov this year, a more than 10 percent increase from the 177.5 million visits for the same period last year.

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