U.S. Taxpayers efiled More than 122 million Returns in 2013

In 2012, almost more than 119 million individual tax returns were efiled. For 2013, the IRS has reported that more than 122 million returns were efiled.  

More than 1 Billion Tax Returns Safely efiled

After reaching June 2011's efile milestone of one billion efiled tax returns, the number of tax returns safely efiled has continued to increase. The increasing trend among taxpayers to efile is shown in the charts below.

Self-Preparers or efilers Using Home Computers

United States taxpayers who prepare and efile their tax returns from home computers has continued to grow. In 2013 (for Tax Year 2012) over 82% of taxpayers prepared and efiled their federal tax returns themselves.  So far, the IRS has received over 46 million self-prepared and efiled tax returns in 2014 (for Tax Year 2013).

Tax Refunds - Direct Bank Deposit

In 2013, almost 77% of taxpayers received faster federal tax refunds via direct bank deposits into bank accounts through electronic bank transfers. 

As of May 2014, over 79 million taxpayers chose direct deposit and got their refunds faster. The average tax refund received by direct deposit is $2,851.

efile Tax Return Statistics (by Tax Year)

Year FiledTotal Returnsefiled Tax ReturnsPercent efiled
2013* 135,504,000 117,017,000 86.36%
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 2, 2014

2014 Tax Season (2013 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through May 3, 2013, and May 2, 2014)

Individual Income Tax Returns20132014% Change
Total Receipts 133,803,000 135,504,000 1.3%
Total Processed 127,586,000 129,479,000 1.5%
efiling Receipts:
Total 113,679,000 117,017,000 2.9%
Tax Professionals 70,184,000 70,707,000 0.7%
Self-prepared 43,496,000 46,309,000 6.5%
Total Refunds:
Number 99,551,000 99,948,000 0.4%
Amount $264.420 Bill. $269.480 Bill. 1.9%
Average refund $2,656 $2,696 1.5%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 79,226,000 79,622,000 0.5%
Amount $226.569 Bill. $226.990 Bill. 0.2%
Average refund $2,860 $2,851 -0.3%

2013 Tax Season (2012 Tax Year) efile Statistics

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

Individual Income Tax Returns20122013% 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 Returns20112012% 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 Returns20102011% 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 Returns20092010% 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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