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The 2017 tax season is on a similar course to the 2016 season. Last year, filings for 2016 did not exceed 2015 until the last week of the 2016. filing season. For this yar's season through March 24, the number of returns received were behind last year by 4.7 percent. That compares to a negative 5.5 percent through March 17.

There were 85,251,000 returns filed for the latest period reported by the Internal Revenue service, compared to 82,787,000 for the season through March 25, 2016.

The season did not break the pattern for e-filings with self-prepared efiles coming in at a better pace than those professionally prepared. But both improved over the March 17 report. The 35,730,000 self-prepared efiles were off 2.6 percent from 36,687,000 the prior year.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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