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2013 IRS Tax Season Statistics

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today provided updated statistics showing continued growth in electronic filing of tax returns. So far in 2013, more than 43 million people have self-prepared and e-filed their tax returns from home, an increase of more than 4 percent compared to the prior year.

Through May 10, the IRS received more than 43.6 million self-prepared e-file returns, up from 41.7 million a year earlier. E-filed returns from tax professionals increased slightly, reaching almost 70.4 million. In all, almost 114 million tax returns came in through e-file this year, up from 112.1 million at this point last year.

Other highlights from the new filing season statistics show:

• During 2013, the IRS issued more than 101 million refunds worth almost $268 billion.

• Almost 80 percent of refunds used direct deposit.

• More people are using IRS.gov to get answers, file their returns and resolve issues. So far in 2013, the IRS web site has been accessed more than 300 million times, up almost 25 percent compared to the same time last year.

2013 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative statistics comparing 5/11/12 and 5/10/13

Individual Income Tax Returns:

2012

2013

% Change

Total Receipts

135,473,000

134,349,000

-0.8

Total Processed

130,261,000

129,674,000

-0.5

E-filing Receipts:
TOTAL

112,089,000

113,954,000

1.7

Tax Professionals

70,344,000

70,380,000

0.1

Self-prepared

41,745,000

43,574,000

4.4

Web Usage:
Visits to IRS.gov

255,269,615

318,408,842

24.7

Total Refunds:
Number

102,522,000

101,082,000

-1.4

Amount

$277.180

Billion

$267.946

Billion

-3.3

Average refund

$2,704

$2,651

-2.0

Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number

79,308,000

79,880,000

0.7

Amount

$231.656

Billion

$228.467

Billion

-1.4

Average refund

$2,921

$2,860

-2.1

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