Filing Season Statistics for Week Ending February 3, 2017

Cumulative statistics comparing 02/05/2016 and 02/03/2017

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

26,670,000

20,181,000

-24.3

Total Returns Processed

26,133,000

19,967,000

-23.6

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:  

 

 

 

TOTAL           

25,656,000

19,407,000

-24.4

Tax Professionals

11,010,000

7,796,000

-29.2

Self-prepared

14,646,000

11,611,000

-20.7

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

97,487,501

71,451,815

-26.7

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

17,321,000

6,596,000

-61.9

Amount

$58.631

Billion

$13.150

Billion

-77.6

Average refund

$3,385

$1,994

-41.1

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

16,533,000

6,220,000

-62.4

Amount

$57.046

Billion

$12.750

Billion

-77.6

Average refund

$3,450

$2,050

-40.6