Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2012 IRS Data Book

12databk coverThe IRS yesterday released the 2012 IRS Data Book, which contains a wealth of statistical information for the IRS's Oct. 1, 2011 - Sept. 30, 2012 fiscal year.  Here are the statistical tables:

Returns Filed, Taxes Collected, and Refunds Issued Enforcement: Examinations Enforcement: Information Reporting and Verification Enforcement: Collections, Penalties, and Criminal Investigation Taxpayer Assistance Tax Exempt Activities Chief Counsel IRS Budget & Workforce
First-Time Homebuyer Credit

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IRS feeds the media last year's news, to avoid talking about this year. Individual income tax returns processed through March 15 are down 8.1% from last year. Returns filed are down 6.8%, suggesting that tax law changes and delayed start of IRS return acceptance contributed to the decline.

Refunds are down 7.4% in number and 8.5% in total amount. Average refund, though, has declined only 1.2%. WalMart sales may have faltered in February, but IRS may help in April when it catches up with the backlog.

This data is available in an obscure page of the IRS website, but unlike previous years, no efforts have been made to publicize filing-season statistics.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 26, 2013 8:38:07 AM

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