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Year 2018 Tax Returns Statistics Now Available for public review

This just in from IRS via Tax Statistics <irs@service.govdelivery.com>. Citizens may subscribe to receive these notices on IRS page https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/e-news-subscriptions


  1.  Individual Income Tax Returns, Mid-July Filing Season Statistics, Tax Year 2018


A table providing data from individual income tax returns filed through July 25, 2019, for Tax Year 2018 is now available on SOI’s Tax Stats Web page. These data include selected income items, adjustments, credits, and taxes, by size of adjusted gross income (AGI). The data represent approximately 95 percent of all individual income tax returns that the IRS will process in Calendar Year 2019 and the first tax data filed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The remaining 5 percent of returns will be primarily from taxpayers who have requested a 6-month extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.  Because taxpayers who request an extension generally have more complex finances, on average, those data will represent approximately 87 percent of the total AGI tax liability reported for all individual income tax returns filed during the year.

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  2.  Individual Income Tax Returns with Small Business Income/Losses, Tax Years 2015–2017


New tables for Individual income tax returns that contain small business income or losses for Tax Years 2015–2017 are now available on SOI’s Tax Stats Web page. These tables include income from Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business, Schedule E, Supplemental Income or Loss, and Schedule F, Profit or Loss from Farming. The information will provide more background and content from the individual business returns, including data on income items, adjustments, credits, and taxes. For 2017, over 42 million individual income tax returns had some small business income and/or losses. Although they represented a little more than a quarter (27.7 percent) of all individual tax returns filed for 2017, these returns accounted for 47.1 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) and paid 60.4 percent of income tax. For each of the three years of data provided, the largest portion of small business income came from net partnership/S corporation income less losses.


Tax Refunds Unaffected by “Shut Down”

This just in via email from IRS Newswire <irs@service.govdelivery.com>:

Issue Number: IR-2019-01

IRS confirms tax filing season to begin January 28

WASHINGTON ― Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.

“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

Congress directed the payment of all tax refunds through a permanent, indefinite appropriation (31 U.S.C. 1324), and the IRS has consistently been of the view that it has authority to pay refunds despite a lapse in annual appropriations. Although in 2011 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed the IRS not to pay refunds during a lapse, OMB has reviewed the relevant law at Treasury’s request and concluded that IRS may pay tax refunds during a lapse.

“IRS employees have been hard at work over the past year to implement the biggest tax law changes the nation has seen in more than 30 years,” said Rettig.

As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. For taxpayers who usually file early in the year and have all of the needed documentation, there is no need to wait to file. They should file when they are ready to submit a complete and accurate tax return.

The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers. Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2019 to file their returns.

The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds.


Tax Information 2018

From email today from irs@service.govdelivery.com:

The busiest part of tax season begins this week, with millions of people planning to file. Through April 6, the IRS has processed more than 101 million tax returns and issued more than 79.1 million tax refunds totaling $226.6 billion. The average refund to date is $2,864.

Additional filing season numbers:

  • The IRS expects to receive about 14.9 million individual income tax returns for the week ending April 13, with about 13.1 million filed electronically.
  • On top of those 14.9 million tax returns, the IRS expects to receive another 17 million tax returns the following week.
  • Requests for extension are anticipated to exceed 11.6 million by next week, with the vast majority of those Forms 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, being filed electronically. Overall, this year, the IRS expects to receive more than 14 million extension requests from taxpayers.

Information about free e-file options, such as FreeFile, how to request an automatic six-month filing extension or fast and easy ways to pay any tax due using IRS Direct Pay are available online at IRS.gov. IN INDIANA you can access on-line software to file your Federal and Indiana State income taxes for free at https://www.in.gov/dor/5912.htm.