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Nearly 70 Percent of Taxpayers Used IRS e-file in 2010

IR-2010-112, Nov. 10, 2010

WASHINGTON — Nearly 99 million individuals filed their federal income tax returns electronically during 2010, a 3 percent increase in the IRS e-file rate. Of the 141.5 million returns filed so far this year, almost 70 percent were filed electronically.

Each year, more taxpayers chose to e-file their tax returns. Last year, nearly 95 million taxpayers or 67 percent used e-file. In the past decade, the number of individual tax returns e-filed has increased by 145 percent. The overall number of individual tax returns increased only by 8 percent. IRS e-file is no longer is the exception; now it is the norm.

 Year

  Filed

Total

Returns

e-Filed

  Returns

Percent

e-filed

2001

130,965,000

40,244,000

30.73%

2002

131,728,000

46,892,000

35.60%

2003

131,557,000

52,944,000

40.24%

2004

132,200,000

61,507,000

46.53%

2005

133,933,000

68,476,000

51.13%

2006

136,071,000

73,255,000

53.84%

2007

140,188,000

79,979,000

57.05%

2008

153,650,000

89,853,000

58.48%

2009

141,376,000

94,980,000

67.18%

2010

141,536,000

98,740,000

69.76%

Home Computer e-Filers

Taxpayers who prepare their own tax returns using home computers continued to set the pace for e-file. This year, more than 35 percent of e-filers prepared and filed their returns themselves.

Almost 35 million returns were e-filed from home computers, up 8 percent from last year.

Direct Deposit Refunds

More than 74 million refunds were electronically deposited into taxpayers’ accounts, saving taxpayers a trip to the bank. More importantly, these taxpayers received their refunds at least a week faster than those receiving paper checks.

These direct deposit refunds accounted for almost 69 percent of all refunds, up from 66 percent of refunds last year. Overall, the IRS issued 109 million refunds, averaging $2,994 per refund; direct deposit refunds averaged $3,189 per refund.

2010 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative through the weeks ending 11/06/09 and 11/05/10

 

Individual Income Tax Returns

2009

2010

% Change

Total Receipts

  143,529,000

141,536,000

-1.4%

Total Processed

143,079,000

141,536,000

-1.4%

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:

 

 

 

TOTAL

95,478,000

98,740,000

  3.4%

Tax Professionals

63,285,000

63,893,000

  1.0%

Self-prepared

32,193,000

34,847,000

  8.2%

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

275,308,302

281,765,152

2.3%

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

111,163,000

108,923,000

-2.0%

Amount

$315.290

Billion

$326.125

Billion

  3.4%

Average refund

$2,836

$2,994

  5.6%

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

72,982,000

74,460,000

  2.0%

Amount

$220.250

Billion

$237.444

Billion

  7.8%

Average refund

$3,018

$3,189

  5.7%

 

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