Tax returns filed this season by tax professionals are down 1.3 percent so far compared to last year, while self-prepared returns are up 5.9 percent, according to the latest IRS statistics.

The statistics, which were released Thursday, compared tax filings as of March 22, 2014, to those of March 21, 2013. It found that of the 75,610,000 tax returns that have been filed electronically this tax season so far, 43,953,000 came from tax professionals, compared to 44,524,000 last year (out of a total of 74,420,000 e-filed returns as of the same time last year).

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