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Projections of Federal Tax Return Filings

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Here you will find forecasts of the number of returns to be filed for tax forms within the individual, tax-exempt, and business areas. These statistical projections are developed by the IRS Office of Research.

Projections Publications

The following publications are available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. A free Adobe® reader is available for download, if needed. Also, the following tables are available as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. A free Excel® reader is available for download, if needed.

Calendar Year Projections of Information and Withholding Documents for the United States and IRS Campuses, 2018 (PDF)
Publication 6961 (Revised 08/18) 

2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005

Publication 6961 OneSheet (PDF)
Publication 6961 is revised annually to update detailed calendar year projections of information and withholding documents to be filed at the US and campus levels. Projections are also available by submission method. The projections incorporate the latest changes in legal, regulatory, administrative, and recent filing experiences.

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Fiscal Year Return Projections for the United States, Fall 2018 (PDF)
Publication 6292 (Revised 08/18)

2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005

Publication 6292 OneSheet (PDF)
IRS Publication 6292 contains multi-year projections of the number of tax returns to be filed with the IRS by fiscal year of filing. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 50 different individual, business and tax-exempt return types such as Form 1040, Form 1120, Form 941 and Form 990. There is also additional detail by medium of filing (paper versus electronic) and by IRS business operating division categorizations.

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Calendar Year Projections of Individual Returns by Major Processing Categories, Selected Years and Areas, Fall 2018 (PDF)
Publication 6187 (Revised 10/18) by IRS; Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005

IRS Publication 6187 contains multi-year projections of the number of individual Form 1040 series returns to be filed with the IRS by major processing categories important to IRS planning operations. This includes detail by form type (Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ), by medium of filing (paper versus electronic), and by other characteristics such as refund returns. Selected portions of the forecasts are also shown by IRS processing campus location, and by state.

Publication 6187 OneSheet (PDF)

Related tables:

Calendar Year Return Projections for the United States and IRS Campuses, 2018 (PDF)
Publication 6186 (Revised 11/18) by IRS; Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics

2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005

Publication 6186 OneSheet (PDF)
IRS Publication 6186 contains multi-year projections of the number of tax returns to be filed with the IRS by the calendar year of filing. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 50 different individual, business and tax-exempt return types such as Form 1040, Form 1120, Form 941 and Form 990. There is also additional detail by medium of filing (paper versus electronic) and by IRS processing campus location.

Related Tables:

Calendar Year Return Projections by State, 2017 (PDF)
Publication 6149 (Revised 12/17) by IRS; Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics

2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005 

IRS Publication 6149 contains multi-year projections of the number of tax returns to be filed with the IRS by state—as determined by the addresses on the tax returns. The publication includes detailed projections by approximately 50 different individual, business and tax-exempt return types such as Form 1040, Form 1120, Form 941 and Form 990. There is also additional detail by medium of filing (paper versus electronic).

Related Tables:

Supplemental Table

Data Presented: The number of electronically filed Form 2290 (Heavy Highway Vehicles Use Tax Return) by month at the National level.
Calendar Years: 2014–2018 (Q3)

Articles

Projections of Federal Tax Return Filings: Calendar Years 2009–2016 (PDF)
Winter Bulletin, 2010

A grand total of 238 million tax returns are projected to be filed with the IRS during Calendar Year (CY) 2010. This number represents a decrease of 1 percent from the estimated CY 2009 filings of 240.4 million returns.

Related Statistical Table 1 (XLS)

Projections of Federal Tax Return Filings: Calendar Years 2005–2012 (PDF) 
SOI Bulletin, Winter 2005–2006

Taxpayers are expected to file a grand total of 229.3 million tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during Calendar Year (CY) 2006. That projected level reflects a modest increase of only 0.1 percent over the estimated CY 2005 filings of 229.0 million.

Related Statistical Table 1 (XLS)

Historical Projections Table

Data Presented: Selected Returns and Forms Filed or To Be Filed by Type During Specified Calendar Years
Tax Years: 2004–2015
Published as: SOI Bulletin, Historical Table 21

 

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