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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

IRS Releases 2017 Data Book

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The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2017 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.

The 2017 IRS Data Book describes activities conducted by the IRS from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017, and includes information about tax returns, refunds, examinations and appeals, illustrated with charts showing changes in IRS enforcement activities, taxpayer assistance levels, tax-exempt activities, legal support workload, and IRS budget and workforce levels when compared to fiscal year 2016. New to this edition is a section on taxpayer attitudes from a long-running opinion survey.

Highlights of this year's Data Book

  • During Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the IRS collected more than $3.4 trillion, processed more than 245 million tax returns and other forms, and issued almost $437 billion in tax refunds.
  • In FY 2017, more than 55 million taxpayers were assisted by calling or visiting an IRS office.
  • The IRS continued a years-long effort to fight tax-related identity theft on many fronts, with another 524 criminal investigations completed.
  • Of the taxpayers who participated in the 2017 Comprehensive Taxpayer Attitude Survey (CTAS), 88 percent said it is not at all acceptable to cheat on their income taxes, and nearly all (95 percent) believe it is a civic duty to pay their fair share of taxes. Additionally, most taxpayers (79 percent) are satisfied with their personal interactions with IRS. See the 2017 CTAS report for more details.

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