A step behind
While the number of returns received is matching 2017, the number of returns processed by the IRS is slightly behind, due in part, no doubt, to legally mandated delays in processing certain refundable credits, and delays on extender-related benefits associated with the Bipartisan Budget Act that passed on Feb. 9.
A normal gap
As usual, there's a gap between how many returns the IRS receives and how many it processes -- as of March 31, a relatively normal 93 percent had been processed, with the remainder held for math errors, security concerns, audits and other reasons.
The overwhelming choice
Electronic filing is by far the most common way to file a tax return, accounting for 87 million returns, or roughly 93 percent of all submissions.