Paul L. Caron

Monday, July 13, 2020

IRS Releases 2019 Data Book

IR-2020-133, IRS Releases New Data Book:

IRS Data BookThe Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the 2019 IRS Data Book, featuring a redesigned format that provides a different and expanded look at IRS accomplishments during the past year.

Available now on, the redesigned Fiscal Year 2019 edition of the IRS Data Book provides the annual set of statistical tables summarizing tax filings, revenue collections, taxpayer services, enforcement activities and agency operations. The new Data Book features an updated format with additional tables designed to more accurately reflect the way the IRS does business today.

"The IRS is changing from many perspectives, and the Data Book reflects that change as well," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig wrote in the Data Book's introduction.

"Along those lines, we've redesigned the Data Book for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 by reorganizing key material and adding new information. This is part of an effort to help the Data Book provide a more complete view of our extensive service and compliance operations in a clear format that is easier to use for taxpayers and the tax community."

The Data Book complements the new IRS Progress Update (PDF), a new annual report that premiered in January.

The new Data Book shows that during FY 2019, the IRS:

  • Processed more than 253 million individual and business tax returns and forms, with nearly 73% of them filed electronically. Of that total, about 154 million were individual income tax returns, with about 89% of them being e-filed.
  • Collected more than $3.5 trillion in Federal taxes paid by individuals and businesses, with the individual income tax accounting for about 56% of the total.
  • Issued nearly 121.9 million refunds to individuals and businesses totaling more than $452 billion. The bulk of them — more than 119.8 million totaling over $270 billion — went to individual income tax filers. Of that total, nearly 17.3 million included a refundable Child Tax Credit and nearly 24.6 million included a refundable Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Attracted nearly 651 million visits to, its popular website.
  • Set up more than 2.8 million new payment or installment agreements, with nearly 1.1 million of them established online at
  • Reinvigorated its non-filer compliance initiative by closing over 364,000 cases under the Automated Substitute for Return Program, resulting in nearly $6.6 billion in additional assessments.
  • Completed nearly 2,800 criminal investigations.

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I see statistics on additional tax recommended after examination, tax disputed versus decided in court, and penalties assessed and abated. But what about a step in between, of tax disputed versus sustained administratively?

Taxpayer Advocate said, "Tracking which issues taxpayers appeal and which issues taxpayers ultimately succeed on should guide the IRS’s audit selection process. While each case is based on specific facts and circumstances, tracking these cases would allow the IRS to identify trends that may indicate certain issues require further guidance to taxpayers or certain issues should receive a different enforcement approach. The fact that Appeals settles issues based on the hazards of litigation does not negate the usefulness of looking at the resulting adjustments. Less important is the amount of the adjustments and more important is which issues are settled, indicating that perhaps the taxpayer should or should not have been audited on that issue."

Posted by: Anand Desai | Jul 14, 2020 8:45:28 PM