U.S. Taxpayers efiled More than 117 million Returns in 2014

In 2014, the IRS has reported that more than 117 million tax returns were efiled.  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. 

Self-Preparers or efilers Using Home Computers

United States taxpayers who self prepare and efile their own tax returns has continued to grow. In 2014 (for Tax Year 2013) over 46 million taxpayers prepared and efiled their federal tax returns themselves.  

Tax Refunds - Direct Bank Deposit 

In 2014, over 80 million taxpayers 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 $2,851.

efile Tax Return Statistics (by Tax Year)

Year FiledTotal Returnsefiled Tax ReturnsPercent efiled
2014* 136,887,000 117,763,000 86.02%
2013 135,096,000 114,422,000 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 16, 2014

2014 Tax Season (2013 Tax Year) efile Statistics

(Cumulative through May 17, 2013, and May 16, 2014)

Individual Income Tax Returns20132014% Change
Total Receipts 135,096,000 136,887,000 1.3%
Total Processed 131,100,000 132,571,000 1.1%
efiling Receipts:
Total 114,442,000 117,763,000 2.9%
Tax Professionals 70,739,000 71,263,000 0.7%
Self-prepared 43,683,000 46,500,000 6.4%
Total Refunds:
Number 101,913,000 102,139,000 0.2%
Amount $270.319 Bill. $274.700 Bill. 1.6%
Average refund $2,652 $2,689 1.4%
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 80,267,000 80,583,000 0.4%
Amount $229.799 Bill. $229.718 Bill. -0.04%
Average refund $2,863 $2,851 -0.4%

 

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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