The Internal Revenue Service's Spring 2008 Statistics of Income Bulletin is a bit of misnomer as it mainly covers income stats for 2006 and 2005, but the report does provide some interesting insights into income patterns and sources in recent years.

For one thing, the IRS is managing to convince more taxpayers to file their returns. In 2006, taxpayers filed 138.4 million individual tax returns, a 2.9 percent increase from the 134.5 million returns filed for 2005, according to Brian Balkovic, an analyst with the IRS's Individual Returns Analysis Section. That number is likely to go up considerably this year, as more people file returns in order to receive their economic stimulus payments, even those who normally wouldn't be required to file a tax return.

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