IRS Releases Annual Data Book of Agency Activities

Today the Internal Revenue Service released its annual data book, which it describes as a “snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.”  The time period covered in the FY2013 Data Book is October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.  We will be analyzing the data book and reporting on its substance over the coming days.  In the meantime, here is the press release announcing release of the FY2013 Data Book:

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2013 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.

The report describes activities conducted by the IRS from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, and includes information about returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement, taxpayer assistance and the IRS budget and workforce, among others.

During fiscal year 2013, the IRS collected almost $2.9 trillion in federal revenue and processed 240 million returns, of which 151 million were filed electronically. Out of the 146 million individual income tax returns filed, almost 83 percent were e-filed. More than 118 million individual income tax return filers received a tax refund, which totaled almost $312.8 billion. On average, the IRS spent 41 cents to collect $100 in tax revenue during the fiscal year, matching low-cost results for 2008 and 2001.

The IRS examined just under one percent of all tax returns filed and about one percent of all individual income tax returns during fiscal year 2013.  Of the 1.4 million individual tax returns examined, over 39,000 resulted in additional refunds. The IRS provided taxpayer assistance through 456 million visits to IRS.gov and assisted almost 91 million taxpayers through its toll-free telephone helpline or at walk-in sites.

Our analysis of the FY2012 Data Book is available here.

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