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Filing Season Statistics for Week Ending March 3, 2017

Cumulative statistics comparing 03/04/2016 and 03/03/2017

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

66,723,000

61,063,000

-8.5

Total Returns Processed

64,441,000

59,073,000

-8.3

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:  

 

 

 

TOTAL           

62,636,000

57,435,000

-8.3

Tax Professionals

32,600,000

29,293,000

-10.1

Self-prepared

30,036,000

28,142,000

-6.3

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

212,608,945

196,533,468

-7.6

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

53,508,000

49,352,000

-7.8

Amount

$160.171

Billion

$148.832

Billion

-7.1

Average refund

$2,993

$3,016

0.8

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

48,309,000

44,822,000

-7.2

Amount

$150.565

Billion

$140.661

Billion

-6.6

Average refund

$3,117

$3,138

0.7

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 08-Mar-2017