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Home Computer Filing Shows Strong Growth in 2006

IR-2006-47, March 22, 2006

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers are continuing to e-file from home computers at a record pace, up almost 17 percent from the same period last year.

“People using tax preparation software is driving the increase in e-filing,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “Taxpayers can rely on e-file as a safe, accurate way to quickly finish their taxes and get a refund.”

So far this tax filing season, 70 percent of all returns have been e-filed, compared to 68 percent for the same period last year. As of last Friday, 28 percent of e-filed returns were filed by people using their home computers, up from 25 percent of e-filed returns for the same period last year.

More than 13 million returns have been filed this tax season by people e-filing from the comfort of their own homes, up from just over 11 million for the same period last year.

Also, more people are choosing to have their tax refunds directly deposited than ever before. So far this year, the IRS has directly deposited almost 40 million refunds, or 70 percent of all refunds issued this tax filing season, up from 67 percent of the total for the same period last year.

People are also visiting the IRS Web site – IRS.gov – in record numbers. The IRS has recorded almost 84 million unique visits to IRS.gov this year, up from 80 million for the same period last year, an increase of 6.5 percent.

2006 Filing Season Statistics

Cumulative through the weeks ending 3/18/05 and 3/17/06

Individual Income Tax Returns

2005

2006

Percent Change

Total Receipts

67,377,000

67,077,000

-0.4

Total Processed

63,455,000

62,726,000

-1.1

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts

 

 

 

TOTAL

45,936,000

46,874,000

2.0

Tax Professionals

32,064,000

33,664,000

  5.0

Self-prepared

11,329,000

13,210,000

16.6

Telefile

2,543,000

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

Web Usage

 

 

 

Unique Visits to IRS.gov

78,512,013

83,586,558

6.5

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds

 

 

 

Number

56,279,000

56,320,000

  0.1

Amount

$128,820 billion

133.993 billion

4.0

Average

$2,289

$2,379

4.0

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number

37,949,000

39,765,000

4.8

Amount

$99.208 billion

107.529 billion

8.4

Average

$2,614

$2,704

3.4

 

 

 

 

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