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IRS Offers Filing Season Tax Tips, Now Also Available in Spanish

IR-2015-59, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — With millions of taxpayers getting ready to file, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they can take advantage of daily tax tips, e-news subscriptions and email subscription services.

More than 670,000 people are getting useful, one-page IRS Tax Tips sent to their email inbox this tax season through a free subscription service available on IRS.gov. One Tax Tip is being sent each business day through the April 15 tax deadline, offering single-topic briefs on tax subjects affecting millions of people.

The easy-to-read tips cover a wide range of topics to help people with the 2015 tax filing season. Many tips offer information on money-saving tax credits and deductions that can be easy to overlook and could affect your refund. IRS Tax Tips are also available in Spanish for this filing season.

Topics for 2015 include:

  • Beware of filing season tax scams and phone scams.
  • Fastest and safest way to get your refund.
  • Child tax credit.
  • Education tax credits.
  • Home office deduction.
  • Tax-time errors to avoid.
  • IRS Free File.
  • Helpful tips for paying your taxes.
  • Top 10 tips.
  • Tax help ‘en Español.’

In addition to the various filing season tips, the IRS issues Health Care Tax Tips to help taxpayers understand the new tax provisions included in the health care law. Special Edition Tax Tips cover important new topics of interest to the public. To view the IRS Tax Tips online, visit the News section of IRS.gov or type “Tax Tips” into the search box.

Taxpayers can receive IRS Tax Tips automatically each day via email by signing up for a free service on IRS.gov. From the Subscriptions link on the top right of the IRS website, choose “IRS Tax Tips” on the drop-down menu, and then click on “Subscribe.” Click on “more” to subscribe to the IRS Tax Tips in Spanish.

The IRS also has a number of other e-subscriptions to which taxpayers, tax professionals and others may subscribe to receive tax information via email from the IRS during the tax-filing season and the rest of the year. As of last Friday, more than one third of the taxpayers who will file by the deadline had yet to do so; the average refund for those received one as of the March 20 was $2,893.

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2014 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative statistics comparing 3/21/14 and 3/20/15

Individual Income Tax Returns:

2014

2015

% Change

Total Receipts

82,823,000

82,289,000

-0.6

Total Processed

81,149,000

80,439,000

-0.9

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:

 

 

 

TOTAL           

75,610,000

76,022,000

0.5

Tax Professionals

43,953,000

42,711,000

-2.8

Self-prepared

31,657,000

33,311,000

5.2

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

207,734,597

231,552,756

11.5

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

67,383,000

66,108,000

-1.9

Amount

$193.543

Billion

$191.233

Billion

-1.2

Average refund

$2,872

$2,893

0.7

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

57,101,000

57,944,000

1.5

Amount

$170.187

Billion

$176.058

Billion

3.4

Average refund

$2,980

$3,038

1.9