Filing Season Statistics for Week Ending February 17, 2017

Cumulative statistics comparing 02/19/2016 and 02/17/2017

Calendar year-to-year comparisons are difficult at this early point in the season as four additional days of tax return processing are included in the 2016 totals. However, when comparing the same number of days of filing, IRS is seeing an increase in returns received and accepted over 2016.

Early season refund numbers and dollar amounts are affected by the new law requiring refunds involving the Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit to be held until the later part of February. Many taxpayers claiming these credits traditionally file during the opening weeks of tax season.

Individual Income Tax Returns:

2016

2017

% Change

Total Returns Received

49,020,000

42,502,000

-13.3

Total Returns Processed

47,420,000

41,298,000

-12.9

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:  

 

 

 

TOTAL           

46,758,000

40,447,000

-13.5

Tax Professionals

22,588,000

18,941,000

-16.1

Self-prepared

24,170,000

21,506,000

-11.0

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

169,616,932

142,134,050

-16.2

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

38,550,000

32,904,000

-14.6

Amount

$120.574

Billion

$103.237

Billion

-14.4

Average refund

$3,128

$3,137

0.3

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

35,720,000

30,616,000

-14.3

Amount

$115.226

Billion

$99.170

Billion

-13.9

Average refund

$3,226

$3,239

0.4