U.S. Taxpayers efiled More Than 128 Million Returns in 2016

Important: This page will be updated with more 2016 efiling statistics as the IRS makes the information available.

The IRS has reported that as of May 2016, more than 123 million tax returns were efiled for Tax Year 2015. The number of tax returns safely efiled has continued to increase each year. The increasing trend among taxpayers to efile is shown in the charts below.

Are There More Self-Preparers or efilers Using Home Computers to efile Their Tax Returns? 

United States taxpayers who self prepare and efile their own tax returns has continued to grow. In 2016 (for Tax Year 2015), over 51 million taxpayers have prepared and efiled their federal tax returns themselves as of May 2016. 

How May Taxpayers Have Received Their Tax Refunds via Direct Bank Deposit?

As of May 2016, over 84 million taxpayers have received faster federal tax refunds via direct bank deposits into bank accounts through electronic bank transfers. The average tax refund received by direct deposit is $2,905.

efile Tax Return Statistics (by Tax Year)

Year Filed Total Returns efiled Tax Returns Percent efiled
2016* 140,258,000 123,737,000 91%
2015 150,927,00 128,784,000 91%
2014 149,684,000 125,821,000 86.02%
2013 148,197,000 114,422,000 84.69%
2012 135,473,000 112,089,000 82.74%
2011 145,320,000 112,203,000 77.21%
2010 141,536,000 98,740,000 69.76%
2009 141,376,000 94,980,000 67.18%
2008 153,650,000 89,853,000 58.48%
2007 140,188,000 79,979,000 57.05%
2006 136,071,000 73,255,000 53.84%
2005 133,933,000 68,476,000 51.13%
2004 132,200,000 61,507,000 46.53%
2003 131,557,000 52,944,000 40.24%
2002 131,728,000 46,892,000 35.60%
2001 130,965,000 40,244,000 30.73%

*As of May 13, 2016

2015 Tax Season (2014 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through December 26, 2014, and December 25, 2015)

Individual Income Tax Returns 2014 2015 % Change
Total Receipts 149,685,000 150,927,000 0.8%
Total Processed 149,510,000 150,694,000 0.8%
efiling Receipts:
Total 125,821,000 128,784,000 2.4%
Tax Professionals 77,875,000 78,406,000 0.7%
Self-prepared 47,946,000 50,378,000 5.1%
Total Refunds:
Number 109,499,000 109,426,000 -0.1%
Amount $305.734 Bill. $306.016 Bill. 0.1%
Average refund $2,792 $2,797 0.2%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 83,995,000 86,228,000 2.7%
Amount $245.088 Bill. $254.944 Bill. 4.0%
Average refund $2,918 $2,957 1.3%

2014 Tax Season (2013 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through Dec. 27, 2013, and Dec. 26, 2014)

Individual Income Tax Returns 2013 2014 % Change
Total Receipts 148,197,000 149,684,000 1.0%
Total Processed 147,910,000 149,510,000 1.1%
efiling Receipts:
Total 122,515,000 125,821,000 2.7%
Tax Professionals 77,268,000 77,875,000 0.8%
Self-prepared 45,247,000 47,946,000 6.0%
Total Refunds:
Number 109,563,000 109,499,000 -0.1%
Amount $301.836 Bill. $305.734 Bill. 1.3%
Average refund $2,755 $2,792 1.4%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 83,836,000 83,995,000 0.2%
Amount $245.596 Bill. $245.088 Bill. -0.02%
Average refund $2,929 $2,918 -0.4%

2013 Tax Season (2012 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through Dec. 28, 2012, and Dec. 27, 2013)

Individual Income Tax Returns 2012 2013 % Change
Total Receipts 148,203,000 148,035,000 -0.1%
Total Processed 147,697,000 147,725,000 0.02%
efiling 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%
Total Refunds:
Number 110,471,000 109,563,000 -0.8%
Amount $309.648 Bill. $301.863 Bill. -2.5%
Average refund $2,803 $2,755 -1.7%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 82,809,000 83,814,000 1.2%
Amount $247.1269 Bill. $245.464 Bill. -0.7%
Average refund $2,984 $2,929 -1.9%

2012 Tax Season (2011 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through Dec. 30, 2011, and Dec. 03, 2012)

Individual Income Tax Returns 2011 2012 % Change
Total Receipts 145,320,000 148,390,000 +2.1%
Total Processed 145,062,000 147,891,000 +1.9%
efiling Receipts:
Total 112,203,000 119,589,000 +6.6%
Tax Professionals 72,403,000 76,019,000 5.0%
Self-prepared 33,998,000 38,272,000 +12.6%
Total Refunds:
Number 101,820,000 102,728,000 +0.9%
Amount $293.263 Bill. $288.151 Bill. -1.7%
Average refund $2,880 $2,805 -2.6%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 72,056,000 76,276,000 +5.9%
Amount $226.061 Bill. $232.312 Bill. +2.8%
Average refund $3,137 $3,046 -2.9%
 

2011 Tax Season (2010 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through Jun. 06, 2010, and Jun. 03, 2011)

Individual Income Tax Returns 2010 2011 % Change
Total Receipts 132,050,000 133,808,000 +1.3%
Total Processed 129,054,000 132,530,000 +2.7%
efiling Receipts:
Total 94,604,000 106,233,000 +12.3%
Tax Professionals 60,607,000 67,962,000 +12.1%
Self-prepared 39,800,000 43,570,000 +9.4%
Total Refunds:
Number 109,330,000 110,471,000 +1.0%
Amount $318.529 Bill. $309.648 Bill. -2.8%
Average refund $2,913 $2,803 -3.8%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 79,146,000 82,827,000 +4.7%
Amount $246.080 Bill. $247.209 Bill. +0.5%
Average refund $3,109 $2,985 -4.0%

2010 Tax Season (2009 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through Nov. 06, 2009, and Nov. 05, 2010)

Individual Income Tax Returns 2009 2010 % Change
Total Receipts 143,529,000 141,536,000 -1.4%
Total Processed 143,079,000 141,536,000 -1.4%
efiling Receipts:
Total 95,478,000 98,740,000 3.4%
Tax Professionals 63,285,000 63,893,000 1.0%
Self-prepared 32,193,000 34,847,000 8.2%
Total Refunds:
Number 111,163,000 108,923,000 -2.0%
Amount $315.290 Bill. $326.125 Bill. 3.4%
Average refund $2,836 $2,994 5.6%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 72,982,000 74,460,000 2.0%
Amount $220.250 Bill. $237.444 Bill. 7.8%
Average refund $3,018 $3,189 5.7%

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