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Statistics on Income Tax Returns, Forms, Collections

Taxes are important, but there are often the last thing on people's minds. According to a 2018 WalletHub survey, people would rather do the following than their taxes:

  • July duty: 51.16%
  • Miss a connecting flight: 26.92%
  • Talk to their kids about sex: 19.45%
  • Swim with sharks: 13.42%
  • Spend the night in jail: 11.58%
  • Drink expired milk: 10.28%
  • Break an arm: 5.18%

The survey also asked them about their biggest Tax Day fears:

  • Making a math mistake: 30.13%
  • Not having enough money: 29.32%
  • Identity theft: 24.46%
  • Getting audited: 16.08%

If you rather do your taxes or do not have a Tax Day fear, review the IRS Tax Return statistics below. This page is continuously being updated as data and statics become available.

IRS Income Tax Return and Form Data by Tax Year

Tax Year Tax Returns 1040 (T) 1040A (T) 1040EZ (T) 1040 (e) 1040A (e) 1040EZ (e)
2017 150,690,787 ** ** ** ** ** **
2016 150,711,378 ** ** ** ** ** **
2015 150,493,263 85,937,245 40,701,100 23,854,918 72,161,422 37,738,135 21,379,809
2014 148,606,579 84,921,477 40,466,308 23,218,794 70,440,578 37,206,180 20,472,145
2013 147,351,299 84,654,613 39,406,366 23,290,320 69,350,524 35,890,253 20,077,203
2012 144,928,472 83,631,395 38,243,922 23,053,156 87,402,503 34,305,758 18,605,988
2011 145,370,240 84,189,061 38,598,005 22,583,173 66,003,531 34,207,257 18,709,798
2010 142,892,050 84,071,480 40,810,489 18,010,081 62,427,066 35,419,288 13,713,200

*) Source IRS publications: (T) Total Forms - (e) e-filed Forms

**) To be updated when IRS releases 2016 and 2017 publications

Total Income and Salaries, Wages Income by Tax Year

Tax Year  Total Income***       Salaries, Wages***       
2015 $ 10,360,403 $ 7,122,223
2014 $ 9,916,220 $ 6,784,948
2013 $ 9,233,511 $ 6,475,381
2012 $ 9,234,159 $ 6,301,358
2011 $ 8,498,486 $ 6,055,389
2010 $ 8,208,441 $ 5,837,350

IRS Total Gross & Net Tax Collection by Tax Year

Tax Year  Gross Taxes** Refunds** Net Taxes**
2017 $ 3,416,714,139 $ 436,972,873 $ 2,979,742,266
2016 $ 3,333,449,083 $ 426,146,066 $ 2,907,303,017
2015 $ 3,302,677,258 $ 403,272,691 $ 2,899,404,567
2014 $ 3,064,301,358 $ 373,545,926 $ 2,690,755,432
2013 $ 2,855,059,420 $ 364,353,723 $ 2,490,705,698
2012 $ 2,524,320,134 $ 373,428,754 $ 2,150,891,380
2011 $ 2,414,952,112 $ 415,880,344 $ 1,999,071,767
2010 $ 2,345,055,978 $ 467,302,973 $ 1,877,753,005

***)Million US Dollars

**)Thousand US Dollars

Federal Individual Income Tax Collections

Federal Individual Income Tax Collections

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