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Individual Tax Return
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification
Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents
Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate

 

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Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Installment Agreement Request
Wage and Tax Statement

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Returns Filed, Taxes Collected & Refunds Issued

Section 1 of the Data Book provides a broad overview of the main functions performed by the IRS: processing Federal tax returns and collecting revenue. It also provides additional details on returns filed, returns filed electronically, gross collections, and tax refunds by State and type of tax.

Number of Returns Filed, by Return Type, Fiscal Year 2016

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Highlights of the Data

  • The IRS collected more than $3.3 trillion in gross taxes in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (Tables 1 and 5) and issued more than 122.3 million refunds (Table 7), amounting to more than $426.1 billion (Tables 1 and 8). 
  • Individual income tax withheld and tax payments, combined, totaled almost $1.8 trillion before refunds (Tables 1 and 6).
  • The IRS also collected almost $345.6 billion in income taxes, before refunds, from businesses in FY 2016 (Tables 1 and 6).
  • The IRS processed more than 244.2 million Federal tax returns and supplemental documents (Tables 2 and 3).


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