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In 2006, More People Are Choosing IRS e-file

IR-2006-50, March 31, 2006

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers are continuing to e-file in greater numbers than ever before. As of March 24, 2006, the IRS had received more than 50 million tax returns through e-file, an increase of almost 3 percent compared to the same period last year.

“The increase in e-filing is really being driven by people using their home computers,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “E-file is the safe, accurate way for taxpayers to quickly finish their taxes and get a refund.”

So far this tax filing season, 68 percent of all returns have been e-filed, compared to 66 percent for the same period last year.

More than 14 million returns have been filed this tax season by people e-filing from the comfort of their own homes, up from just over 12 million 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 people are choosing to have their tax refunds directly deposited than ever before. So far this year, the IRS has directly deposited more than 42 million refunds, or 69 percent of all refunds issued this tax filing season, up from 65 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 90 million visits to IRS.gov this year, up from 84 million for the same period last year, an increase of 7.1 percent.

 

 

2005

2006

Percent Change

Total Receipts

73,762,000

73,438,000

-0.4

Total Processed

69,605,000

69,196,000

-0.6

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts

 

 

 

TOTAL

49,021,000

50,296,000

2.6

Tax Professionals

34,369,000

36,269,000

  5.5

Self-prepared

12,011,000

14,027,000

16.8

Telefile

2,641,000

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

Web Usage

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

83,898,013

89,864,558

7.1

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds

 

 

 

Number

61,290,000

61,660,000

  0.6

Amount

$138,587 billion

$144.513 billion

4.3

Average

$2,261

$2,344

3.6

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number

40,118,000

42,252,000

5.3

Amount

$104.243 billion

113.414 billion

8.8

Average

$2,598

$2,684

3.3

 

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