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More Taxpayers Using IRS.gov in 2015

IR-2015-28, Feb. 12, 2015                                                  

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service says more taxpayers are visiting its Web site this year to get tax help and information.

According to the IRS, the number of visitors to IRS.gov is up almost 20 percent compared with last year. The IRS web site has been visited more than 100 million times so far this year compared with 85 million for the same time last year.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that the site contains a wealth of information and options, including tools that allow taxpayers to check the status of a refund,  access transcripts of their tax returns, request electronic filing personal identification numbers, find answers to tax law questions, and check the status of amended returns. Usage of the tool to check the status of a refund, “Where’s My Refund?” is up 91 percent, compared to the same time last year.

The IRS has issued 19.7 million refunds worth more than $66 billion, up slightly from last year’s totals. The average refund as of Feb. 6 is $3,366, slightly more than the average at this time last year. The vast majority of taxpayers are choosing to receive their refunds through direct deposit, which accounts for almost 95 percent of refunds so far this year.

In total, the IRS has received 27.5 million tax returns, slightly more than at the same time last year. Of those returns, more than 96 percent were e-filed.

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2015 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative statistics comparing 2/7/14 and 2/6/15

Individual Income Tax Returns:

2014

2015

% Change

Total Receipts

27,249,000

27,517,000

1.0

Total Processed

26,945,000

27,084,000

0.5

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:

 

 

 

TOTAL           

26,081,000

26,472,000

1.5

Tax Professionals

12,699,000

12,135,000

-4.4

Self-prepared

13,382,000

14,337,000

7.1

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

85,095,129

101,441,679

19.2

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

19,459,000

19,651,000

1.0

Amount

$64.546

billion

$66.139

billion

2.5

Average refund

$3,317

$3,366

1.5

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

16,976,000

18,647,000

9.8

Amount

$55.815

billion

$63.980

billion

14.6

Average refund

$3,288

$3,431

4.4