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
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
Visits to IRS.gov 353,974,215 438,066,180 23.8
Number 110,224,000 109,261,000 -0.9
Amount. $307.983Billion $299.863Billion. -2.6
Average refund $2,794 $2,744 -1.8
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 82,735,000 83,728,000. 1.2
Amount $246.657Billion. $244.929Billion. -0.7
Average refund. $2,981. $2,925 -1.9