The IRS released today information about e-filing in the 2009 tax season. See IR-2009-99 (Nov. 2, 2009).
Here are the most interesting stats:
1) in 2000, 27.57% or 35,412,000 returns were e-filed, whereas in 2009, more than two-thirds--67.18% or 94,980,000 our of 141,376,000, were e-filed;
2) The total number of returns shrank, however, from 153,650,000 in 2008 (a drop of 8%);
3) More taxpayers were doing their own e-filing--almost 20% more prepared and e-filed their own returns rather than using tax preparers to do so;
4) The government gave $303.069 billion back to taxpayers in refunds this year, an increase of more than 20% over last year's refunds; and
5) The 73 million taxpayers who got electronically deposited refunds got them at least a week sooner than those waiting for a paper check, and cost the government less at the same time.