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Filing Season Statistics for Week Ending March 17, 2017

Cumulative statistics comparing 03/18/2016 and 03/17/2017

 

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.

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

81.960,000

77,475,000

-5.5

Total Returns Processed

79,631,000

75,190,000

-5.6

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:  

 

 

 

TOTAL           

76,212,000

72,205,000

-5.3

Tax Professionals

41,558,000

38,548,000

-7.2

Self-prepared

34,654,000

33,657,000

-2.9

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

247,070,498

231,360,122

-6.4

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

65,441,000

62,494,000

-4.5

Amount

$189.896

Billion

$183.158

Billion

-3.5

Average refund

$2,902

$2,931

1.0

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

57,758,000

55,589,000

-3.8

Number

$175.850  Billion

$170.674 Billion

-2.9

Amount

$3,045

 

$3,070

 

0.8

 

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 23-Mar-2017