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IRS Says 91 Percent of Returns Filed by Computer

This year, the IRS received more than 45.2 million returns from those who prepared and e-filed their own returns on home computers.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a milestone for IRS e-file – more than 122 million returns were e-filed during 2013. The statistics provided today contain complete e-file totals for 2013.
This year, the IRS received more than 45.2 million returns from those who prepared and e-filed their own returns on home computers, up from 43.2 million a year earlier, an increase of 4.6 percent. E-filed returns from tax professionals increased slightly, totaling more than 77 million returns. Whether they are self prepared or prepared by a tax return preparer, 91 percent of all tax returns filed by individuals are prepared on computers using tax preparation software, which improves the accuracy of those returns.
Other highlights from the new filing season statistics show:
  • During 2013, the IRS issued more than 109 million refunds worth almost $300 billion.
  • Almost 77 percent of refund recipients chose to receive their refunds through 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 430 million times, up almost 24 percent compared to the same time last year.


  • 2013 FILING SEASON STATISTICS
    Cumulative statistics comparing 11/23/12 and 11/22/13
    Individual Income Tax Returns:
    2012
    2013
    % Change
    Total Receipts
    147,874,000
    147,744,000
    -0.1
    Total Processed
    147,284,000
    147,223,000
    -0.04
     
     
     
     
    E-filing Receipts:
     
     
     
    TOTAL           
     119,560,000
    122,515,000
    2.5
    Tax Professionals
    76,322,000
    77,268,000
    1.2
    Self-prepared
    43,238,000
    45,247,000
    4.6
     
     
     
     
    Web Usage:
     
     
     
    Visits to IRS.gov
    353,974,215
    438,066,180
    23.8
     
     
     
     
    Total Refunds:
     
     
     
    Number
    110,224,000
    109,261,000
    -0.9
    Amount
    $307.983
    Billion
    $299.863
    Billion
    -2.6
    Average refund
     $2,794
    $2,744
    -1.8
     
     
     
     
    Direct Deposit Refunds:
     
     
     
    Number
     82,735,000
    83,728,000
     1.2
    Amount
    $246.657
    Billion
    $244.929
    Billion
    -0.7
    Average refund
     $2,981
    $2,925
    -1.9



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