The number of self-prepared federal returns has increased almost 6% so far this season and professionally prepared returns have dropped, according to the IRS.
As of March 6, more than 28.9 million e-filed returns were prepared by the taxpayers themselves — 5.6% more than the 27,397,000 self-prepared returns filed at this time last tax season.
By contrast, the IRS has received 33,419,000 e-filed returns from professional preparers, a 4% drop from the 34,816,000 returns at this time last tax season.
This year, 66.7 million returns have been filed so far, a drop of 0.7%. The IRS has processed 64.9 million returns, a drop of 1.2% from 2014.
The IRS has issued 54,258,000 refunds so far this year, a falloff of 2.1% compared with 2014. The average refund so far this season is $2,988.