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Tax Season by the Numbers

The IRS recently released statistics covering the year to May 10, 2013

Recently released stats from the IRS show growth in e-filing between 2012 and 2013, but declines in lots of other areas ...

The total number of individual returns filed and processed both declined slightly.

All forms of e-filing increased, bringing it to just under 85 percent of all individual returns filed as of May 10.

According to the IRS, almost 80 percent of refunds used direct deposit.

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Overall refunds dropped by approximately $9 billion from 2012 to 2013, but direct-deposited refunds dropped by just a little over $3 billion.

The average direct-deposited refund for 2013 was over $200 larger than the overall average refund.

On the whole, it wasn't a bumper year, with total returns down, the total number and amount of refunds down, and the average refund lower than in 2012. Even the big jump here -- in self-prepared returns e-filed -- isn't good news for tax preparers.
The IRS was quick to point out, however, that there was a huge jump in visits to IRS.gov -- they were up almost 25 percent over 2012.



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