Cumulative filing statistics through April 25, 2008, and April 24, 2009

Individual income tax returns 2008 2009 % chg.

Total receipts 139,928,000 131,543,000 -6.0%

Total processed 119,100,000 117,014,000 -1.8%

E-filing receipts

Total 85,606,000 90,639,000 5.9%

Tax professionals 59,444,000 59,439,000 -0.01%

Self-prepared 26,162,000 31,200,000 19.3%

Web usage

Visits to IRS.gov 168,069,815 190,905,950 13.6%

Total refunds

Number 93,183,000 96,673,000 3.7%

Amount $220.958 bn $259.348 bn 17.4%

Average refund $2,371 $2,683 13.1%

Direct deposit refunds

Number 62,795,000 68,646,000 9.3%

Amount $168.847 bn $202.395 bn 19.9%

Nearly 70 percent of individual returns were e-filed, compared to 61 percent for the same period last year.

Refund anticipation loan requests declined by 15 percent to 8.4 million. At the same time, taxpayers requesting RACs, which are taxpayer refunds deposited into a temporary bank account from which return preparation fees can be paid, increased by 10 percent to 11.5 million.

Source: IRS

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