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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.

Graphic shows gross collections by type of tax for fiscal year 2015. Individual and estate and trust income taxes made up more than half of the $3.3 trillion in gross collections.

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Highlights of the Data

  • The IRS collected more than $3.3 trillion in gross taxes in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (Tables 1 and 5) and issued more than 119.0 million refunds (Table 7), amounting to almost $403.3 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 $389.9 billion in income taxes, before refunds, from businesses in FY 2015 (Tables 1 and 6).
  • The IRS processed more than 243.3 million Federal tax returns and supplemental documents (Tables 2 and 3).


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