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IRS YouTube Videos Provide Information to Last-Minute Filers

IR-2011-44, April 13, 2011

Washington –– As the April 18 tax return filing deadline nears, taxpayers can find a wealth of tax-related information on the IRS YouTube channel. The channel, which debuted in August 2009, features numerous IRS experts answering common and not-so-common tax questions.

The IRS YouTube channel is home to hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from how to choose a tax preparer to filing your taxes for free to checking on your refund.

Videos are posted in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

To date, there have been more than 1.7 million views. The IRS YouTube video channel is the fifth most viewed out of more than 125 U.S. government YouTube channels.

Taxpayers can even subscribe to the channel to receive notice of new video offerings. In fact, the IRS will soon be featuring summertime video tax tips. Topics include the tax implications of summer day camps and summer jobs.

Hot Topics for the Final Week of Filing Season

The following videos include information last-minute filers will find useful:

  • Last-Minute Tax Tips (obsolete video removed 4/28/11)
  • Owe Taxes But Can't Pay? English | Spanish | ASL

 

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[Filing season statistics for the week ending April 8, 2011, are provided below.]

 

2011 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative through the weeks ending  04/09/10 and 04/08/11

Individual Income Tax Returns

2010

2011

% Change

Total Receipts

  98,802,000

98,562,000

-0.2%

Total Processed

93,205,000

95,806,000

  2.8%

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:

 

 

 

TOTAL

77,395,000

83,662,000

  8.1%

Tax Professionals

50,070,000

53,658,000

  7.2%

Self-prepared

27,325,000

30,004,000

  9.8%

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

162,235,522

172,489,766

6.3

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

79,705,000

80,874,000

1.5%

Amount

$234.306

Billion

$234.161

Billion

- 0.1

Average refund

$2,940

$2,895

-1.5%

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

61,428,000

64,343,000

  4.7%

Amount

$194.813

Billion

$199.490

Billion

  2.4%

Average refund

$3,171

$3,100

  -2.2%

 

 

 

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