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IRS: 16.7 Million Returns Received

The Internal Revenue Service received 16,685,000 returns through February 4, the IRS reported in its first weekly filing statistics for 2022. Because the season opened two weeks earlier than las year, there are no comparative figures for last year.

The IRS has processed 12,992,000 returns, 77.8 percent of the total. The industry will be watching processing rates given the millions of returns backlogged from 2021.

 The early season figures are skewed heavily towards self-prepared returns received.  With 15,990,000 efiles received, herte were 10,747,000 self-prepared returns received, 67.2 percent of the total.  Tax professionals submitted 5,243,000 efiles.

There were 4,330,000 refunds issued with the average refund coming in at $2,201.

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