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The number of tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service continues to be ahead of the 2019 season. But the story for the season through March 22 was that self-prepared efiled returns were 3.6 percent higher than  or the corresponding period ending March 20, 2019.

That compares to the report for the season through March 13 when it was reported DIY returns were up 2.9 percent. 

The 84,222,000 individual returns received by the agency through March 22, were .2 percent higher than the 84,075,000 filed through March 20, 2019

Efiled returns were up .6 percent to 79,688,000 from 79,236,000 in last year’s corresponding period. Returns efiled by paid preparers remained below the 2019 total with 41,003,000 submitted for the year reported to-date, down 2.2 percent from 41,911,000. Self-prepared returns rose to 38,685,000 from 37,325,000 a year ago.

The number of refunds remained behind last year’s pace with the 65,097,000 issued to date down 1.1 percent from 65,836,000.  

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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