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2019 tax season statistics

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Abby Draper

A pile of papers and receipts with tax books, a calculator and some office supplies.

By Rebecca Kerr, OSCPA communications intern

The IRS released some 2019 filing season statistics and presented them in comparison with last year’s statistics. The 2018 statistics were collected through April 13, 2018, and the 2019 statistics are up-to-date through April 12, 2019, only a couple days shy of Tax Day.

Here are some of the statistics highlighted by the IRS:

Individual Income Tax Returns

          - Total returns received: 0.7% change from 2018-2019

          - Total returns processed: 0.8% change from 2018-2019

E-filing Receipts

          - Total: 2.2% change from 2018-2019

          - Tax professionals: 0.4% change from 2018-2019

          - Self-prepared: 4.5% change from 2018-2019

Web Usage

          - Visits to IRS.gov: 10% change from 2018-2019

Total Refunds

          - Number: -1.9% change from 2018-2019

          - Amount: -3.1% change from 2018-2019

          - Average refund: -1.3% change from 2018-2019

Direct Deposit Refunds

           - Number: 1.5% change from 2018-2019

           - Amount: -0.5% change from 2018-2019

           - Average refund: -2.1% change from 2018-2019

Some key takeaways and implications from this data:

1. The largest percent of change came from web usage through visits to IRS.gov. This could probably be attributed to the tax reform changes brought on by the TCJA that caused taxpayers to seek guidance online to mitigate confusion or to file for extensions.

2. There was also an increase on all ends of e-filing receipts, which demonstrates the rise in the use of technology and movement away from the utilization of the middleman tax professional.

3. There has been a considerable decrease in both total refunds in general as well as direct deposit refunds, even though income tax returns have slightly increased in comparison to this time last year.


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