March 08, 1989
Filing Rates Increase Two Percent
Individual income tax returns continue to come in to
Internal Revenue Service Centers at a fast rate, over 2 percent
faster than last year. In addition, the IRS said that processing
for last week was at an all-time high.
Last week the ten service centers received over 6.7 million
returns and processed almost 7 million, bringing the totals for
the year to 37.5 million returns received and 22 million returns
processed as of March 3, 1989.
With six weeks left in the tax return filing season,
taxpayers can still expect to receive their refund within about
six weeks of the time they file. So far the IRS has certified
over 12 million refunds, with the average refund at $833.
Taxpayers who file electronically receive their refunds even
more quickly, generally in a few weeks. To date over three-
quarters of a million taxpayers have filed electronically. This
filing option is available in 36 states and will be offered
nationwide next year.
The IRS reminded taxpayers who have not yet filed that they
can easily avoid the simple errors that slow down processing:
use the mailing label and envelope that came with your tax
package; check your math; be sure to attach all the forms and
schedules required; and be sure to sign your return.
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