Last year, the Internal Revenue Service processed more than 142 million tax returns. Almost 70 percent of those Form 1040s (and 1040As and 1040EZs, plus attached forms and schedules) arrived at IRS centers electronically.
The precise number of e-filers, according to the agency's final 2010 filing season data, was 98,740,000.
That was a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year's count of taxpayers who electronically delivered their returns.
The biggest jump, percentage wise, was in the number of folks who e-filed their taxes themselves. Almost 35 million of us did so, a 8.2 percent increase.
But don't worry, tax pros. You're still needed. You guys and gals accounted for the electronic filing of almost 64 million tax returns in 2010.
More e-deposit money: Direct deposit of refunds also grew last filing season.
Out of more than 109 million refunds issued in 2010, accounting for $328.4 billion, 74.59 million of them went straight from the Treasury to taxpayer bank accounts.
The really interesting thing about those direct deposit refunds is the amount.
While the average tax refund last year was $3,003, folks who had their tax cash directly deposited received an average refund of $3,191.
Does that mean that the software they used helped them find tax breaks to pump up their refund?
Or did they know they were getting back hefty refunds and used e-file and direct deposit so they'd have access to the money sooner?
Today's tax trend: Notice a pattern in my blogging today?
- By the Numbers (2011 collection)
- By the Numbers: $3,003
- By the Numbers: 2%
- Take your taxes electronic
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