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Projections of Federal Tax Return Filings - IRS Office of Research

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Here you will find forecasts of the number of returns to be filed for tax forms within the individual, tax-exempt, and business areas. These statistical projections are developed by the IRS Office of Research.

Projections Publications

The following publications are available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. A free Adobe® reader is available for download, if needed. Also, the following tables are available as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. A free Excel® reader is available for download, if needed.

Calendar Year Projections of Information and Withholding Documents for the United States and IRS Campuses (PDF)
Publication 6961 (Revised 12/12) by IRS; Research, Analysis, and Statistics; Office of Research
This IRS Publication contains multi-year projections of the number of information and withholding documents to be filed with the IRS. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 30 information document types such as Form W-2, Form 1099INT, etc., by medium of filing (paper versus electronic) and by IRS processing campus location.
Fiscal Year Return Projections for the United States (PDF)
Publication 6292 (Revised 07/12) by IRS; Research, Analysis, and Statistics; Office of Research
IRS Publication 6292 contains multi-year projections of the number of tax returns to be filed with the IRS by fiscal year of filing. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 50 different individual, business and tax-exempt return types such as Form 1040, Form 1120, Form 941 and Form 990. There is also additional detail by medium of filing (paper versus electronic) and by IRS business operating division categorizations.
Calendar Year Projections of Individual Returns by Major Processing Categories, Selected Years and Areas (PDF)
Publication 6187 (Revised 11/12) by IRS; Research, Analysis, and Statistics; Office of Research
IRS Publication 6187 contains multi-year projections of the number of individual Form 1040 series returns to be filed with the IRS by major processing categories important to IRS planning operations. This includes detail by form type (Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ), by medium of filing (paper versus electronic), and by other characteristics such as refund returns. Selected portions of the forecasts are also shown by IRS processing campus location, and by state.
Calendar Year Return Projections for the United States and IRS Campuses (PDF)
Publication 6186 (Revised 10/13) by IRS; Research, Analysis, and Statistics; Office of Research
IRS Publication 6186 contains multi-year projections of the number of tax returns to be filed with the IRS by the calendar year of filing. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 50 different individual, business and tax-exempt return types such as Form 1040, Form 1120, Form 941 and Form 990. There is also additional detail by medium of filing (paper versus electronic) and by IRS processing campus location.
Calendar Year Return Projections by State (PDF)
Publication 6149 (Revised 12/12) by IRS; Research, Analysis, and Statistics; Office of Research.
IRS Publication 6149 contains multi-year projections of the number of tax returns to be filed with the IRS by state—as determined by the addresses on the tax returns. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 50 different individual, business and tax-exempt return types such as Form 1040, Form 1120, Form 941 and Form 990. There is also additional detail by medium of filing (paper versus electronic).

Articles

Projections of Federal Tax Return Filings: Calendar Years 2009–2016
Winter Bulletin, 2010

A grand total of 238 million tax returns are projected to be filed with the IRS during Calendar Year (CY) 2010. This number represents a decrease of 1 percent from the estimated CY 2009 filings of 240.4 million returns.

Related
Statistical Table: 1
Projections of Federal Tax Return Filings: Calendar Years 2005–2012
SOI Bulletin, Winter 2005–2006
Taxpayers are expected to file a grand total of 229.3 million tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during Calendar Year (CY) 2006. That projected level reflects a modest increase of only 0.1 percent over the estimated CY 2005 filings of 229.0 million. Related
Statistical Table: 1

Historical Projections Table


Data Presented

Selected Returns and Forms Filed or To Be Filed by Type During Specified Calendar Years
Tax Years
1990–2007
Published as:
SOI Bulletin, Historical Table 22

 

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