IRS updates tax return filing season statistics

With a few weeks remaining in the tax filing season, e-filed tax returns prepared by tax professionals have decreased nearly 4 percent compared to 2015, according to the latest IRS statistics available. The statistics cover the filing season up to April 1. The tax filing season ends on Monday, April 18.

Overall, the IRS has received slightly fewer tax returns. The total number received is 97.6 million returns, or 1.4 percent fewer than 2015.

E-filed returns prepared by tax professionals total 51 million, or a 3.7 percent decrease year over year. In contrast, the IRS received 3.5 percent more self-prepared tax returns as of April 1. About 38.9 million self-prepared returns were e-filed.

The IRS issued 76 million refunds totaling $215.3 billion, according to the filing statistics. The average refund was $2,832 –  an amount on par with last year’s $2,815.

Visit the IRS filing season statistics for the full report for the week ending April 1.