Returns Filed, Taxes Collected & Refunds Issued

 

Section 1 of the IRS Data Book provides a broad overview of the main functions performed by the IRS: processing Federal tax returns and collecting revenue. It also provides additional details on returns filed, returns filed electronically, gross collections, and tax refunds by State and type of tax.

Graphic shows the number of returns filed return type for fiscal year 2020. Of the 240 million total returns and other forms filed, more than 195 million of these were filed electronically.

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Highlights of the Data

  • The IRS collected close to $3.5 trillion in gross taxes in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020  (Tables  1 XLSX and 5 XLSX) and issued almost 122 million refunds (Table 7 XLSX), amounting to more than $736.2 billion (Tables 1 XLSX and 8 XLSX).
  • The IRS processed more than 240.2 million Federal tax returns and supplemental documents (Tables 2 XLSX and 3 XLSX) in FY 2020.
  • Nearly 195.2 million returns and other forms were filed electronically. These represented 81.3 percent of all filings, an increase of 5.7 percent over the share of electronic filing in FY 2019. Almost 94.3 percent of individual tax returns were filed electronically (Table 4 XLSX).

Index of Data Book Tables

Returns Filed, Taxes Collected, and Refunds Issued: Tables 1–8

Table 1: Collections and Refunds, by Type of Tax, Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 XLSX
Table 2: Number of Returns and Other Forms Filed, by Type, Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 XLSX
Table 3: Number of Returns and Other Forms Filed, by Type and State, Fiscal Year 2020 XLSX
Table 4: Number of Returns and Other Forms Filed Electronically, by Type and State, Fiscal Year 2020 XLSX
Table 5: Gross Collections, by Type of Tax and State, Fiscal Year 2020 XLSX
Table 6: Gross Collections, by Type of Tax, Fiscal Years 1960–2020 XLSX
Table 7: Number of Refunds Issued, by Type of Refund and State, Fiscal Year 2020 XLSX
Table 8: Amount of Refunds Issued, Including Interest, by Type of Refund and State, Fiscal Year 2020 XLSX

Data for all years


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