March 22, 1989
Short Forms for Form 1040 Users
Over four million taxpayers who filed Form 1040 last year
received Form 1040A and 1040EZ tax packages this year instead.
They received these "short forms" as part of an Internal Revenue
Service effort to offer people the chance to file the simplest
return possible that fits their tax situation.
The IRS tries to tailor the tax package mail-out to the
needs of the individual taxpayer and generally sends the
appropriate tax package based on the form and schedules the
taxpayer filed the year before. This year the IRS identified 4.3
million filers of Form 1040 for 1987 who could have filed one of
the simpler forms. So this year the IRS sent them a Form
1040A/EZ tax package instead.
Many taxpayers seem to be shifting to Forms 1040A and
1040EZ; IRS statistics show that receipts are up 6.8 percent for
Form 1040A and 6.2 percent for Form 1040EZ over last year.
Through March 17 the IRS received over 11.5 million Forms 1040A
and 12.3 million Forms 1040EZ.
Overall the IRS has received 48.4 million individual income
tax returns so far this year. This is a 1.7 percent increase
over last year, a pace that has been maintained during the last
several weeks. The IRS has received 24.5 million Forms 1040
through March 17, a 2.6 percent drop in receipts of this form
compared to last year.
Taxpayers, of course, should take advantage of all the
adjustments, deductions and credits they are entitled to, so if
the forms package sent by the IRS does not suit your needs, get
the appropriate tax package by calling the IRS toll-free forms
order number, 1-800-424-FORM (3676). The hours of operation
during the filing season are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday and 9:00 to 3:00 Saturdays.
Processing of returns continues at a good pace. The IRS
processed over 36 million returns as of March 17, a four-percent
increase over the previous year. Refund returns continue to be
processed within three weeks of receipt, and taxpayers can still
expect refunds within four to six weeks. Of course, that period
will lengthen as the filing period nears an end and returns begin
to come in to the service centers in greater numbers. As of
March 17 the IRS certified 25.3 million refunds; the average
refund is $817.60, compared to $808.89 last year.
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