February 21, 1991
More Taxpayers are Using the Revised Form 1040A
Changes made to allow persons with pension income to file the
shorter Form 1040A appear to be working, and the growth in
electronic filing continues.
The Internal Revenue Service today said that more 1040As have
been filed than at this time last year, while there have been fewer
1040s and 1040EZs. Almost 4 million returns have been filed
electronically, double the number at this time last year and nearly
as many as during all of 1990.
This year, lines were added to Form 1040A to provide for the
reporting of pension and annuity income, taxable Social Security
benefits, the credit for the elderly and estimated tax payments.
Special tax packages were sent to about 4.5 million persons who
filed Form 1040 last year but who should be able to use the shorter
form this year. Over 7 million 1040s have been filed, only 240,000
less than the number of 1040s. At this point last year, 1040s
outpaced 1040As by over 1.6 million.
Compared to last year, the total number of returns filed was up
13 percent for the week ending Feb. 15, 1991, and down about 1
percent over all for the filing season. Refunds continue to run
higher than last year, averaging $982, an increase of 11.7 percent.
Over $4.9 billion in refunds has been certified by the IRS as of
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