IRS announces more than 122 million e-filed returns

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a milestone for IRS e-file – more than 122 million returns were e-filed during 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 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.


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 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


Editor’s Note: As of 11-27-2013, Utahns had electronically filed 1,012,650 federal income tax returns.

Submitted by the IRS

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