April 26, 2000
Electronic Transactions Set Records in
Successful IRS Tax Season
WASHINGTON - The just-concluded tax filing season saw record numbers of
electronic transactions -- returns, refunds, payments and contacts -- with the Internal
“When you add up all the numbers, the result is clear -- we had a very
successful filing season,” said Internal Revenue Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti.
“People are increasingly eager to use computers to prepare and file their taxes.”
The IRS continued to see strong growth in e-filing, reaching record levels. The
combination of computer and telephone filings was up 20.4 percent, to 34.9 million.
This included 29.8 million computer-filed returns, with the number of taxpayers
preparing and e-filing their own returns more than doubling, to 4.9 million.
This increased e-filing has a positive impact on IRS processing centers, where
employees can more quickly handle the remaining paper returns. As of April 21, the
IRS had processed 83.1 million returns -- 4 percent more than last year.
Nearly 7 million e-filing taxpayers took advantage of digital signature options to
eliminate the need to send any paperwork to the IRS. More than 5.4 million returns
were “signed” with Personal Identification Numbers chosen by clients of paid preparers
who participated in an IRS pilot program -- 35 percent of the e-filed returns submitted
by these preparers. Another 1.4 million taxpayers who did their own returns used E-file
Customer Numbers the IRS had sent them. This was about 28 percent of the e-filed
returns done by taxpayers themselves.
Not only are more people filing without paper, more are also getting their refunds
or paying taxes in a paperless way. More than 27 million people had their tax refunds
deposited directly into their bank accounts, a 25 percent increase over last year. More
than 230,000 authorized the Treasury to debit their bank accounts for $373 million of
taxes. Another 186,000 charged more than $536 million of taxes on credit cards. In
each case, the number of electronic payments more than tripled from last year.
Taxpayers have made the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov one of the most
frequently visited locations on the Internet. Through April 17, the site had 968 million
hits this year, a 26 percent increase over last filing season. More than 150 million hits
came in the final week -- the first week ever with more than 100 million hits.
2000 FILING SEASON STATISTICS
Cumulative through the week ending 4/23/99 and 4/21/00
1999 2000 % Change
Individual Income Tax Returns
Total Receipts 111,507,000 115,068,000 3.2
Total Processed 79,929,000 83,109,000 4.0
TOTAL 28,993,000 34,910,000 20.4
TeleFile (phone) 5,647,000 5,142,000 - 8.9
Computer 23,346,000 29,768,000 27.5
Tax Professionals 20,940,000 24,857,000 18.7
Self-prepared 2,406,000 4,911,000 104.1
Refunds Certified by the Martinsburg Computing Center:
Number 70,998,000 73,019,000 2.9
Amount of principal $109.474bil. $118.580bil. 8.3
Average refund $1542 $1624 5.3
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 21,742,000 27,238,000 25.3
Amount $44.212 bil. $56.752 bil. 28.4
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