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Last Days of Tax Season Busy Ones for IRS

Preliminary numbers are in on income tax return filings for Tax Year 2016, and they add up to a busy season.

The Internal Revenue Service says more than 135 million returns were filed during the entire Jan. 1 - April 18 filing period. On the last week of filing, more than 17 million tax returns were filed; more than 13 million of those were e-filed.

Refunds issued over the entire filing period numbered some 97 million, work over $268 billion. The average refund, the IRS estimates, was $2,763, which was up a bit from last year’s average of $2,711.

Taxpayers filed just under 1 percent more extensions than last year. Over 11 million extensions were filed. Nearly 10 million of those extensions were e-filed, an increase of 11 percent from the year before.

Individual Income Tax Returns: 2016 2017 % Change
Total Returns Received 136,528,000 135,638,000 -0.7
Total Returns Processed 129,456,000 128,789,000 -0.5
E-filing Receipts:
TOTAL 122,546,000 122,164,000 -0.3
Tax Professionals 70,864,000 70,401,000 -0.7
Self-prepared 51,682,000 51,763,000 0.2
Web Usage:
Visits to IRS.gov 325,525,568 312,255,666 -4.1
Total Refunds:
Number 97,079,000 97,104,000 0.0
Amount $263.197 Billion $268.296 Billion 1.9
Average refund $2,711 $2,763 1.9
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 81,221,000 81,646,000 0.5
Amount $234.269 Billion $239.410 Billion 2.2
Average refund $2,884 $2,932 1.7

Bob Williams

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