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The IRS has reported that more than 128 million tax returns were e-filed in 2015 so far (about 91% of tax returns filed this year thus far). The number of tax returns safely e-filed has continued to increase each year. The increasing trend among taxpayers to e-file is shown in the charts below.

Self-Preparers or e-filers Using Home Computers

United States taxpayers who self-prepare and e-file their own tax returns have continued to grow.

In 2015 (for Tax Year 2014), over 50 million taxpayers have prepared and e-filed their federal tax returns themselves thus far.

Tax Refunds – Direct Bank Deposit

In 2015, over 128 million taxpayers have received faster federal tax refunds via direct bank deposits into bank accounts through electronic bank transfers. The average tax refund received by direct deposit is $2,935.

e-file Tax Return Statistics (by Tax Year)

Year FiledTotal Returnse-filed Tax ReturnsPercent e-filed
2015*150,062,000128,653,00091%
2014149,684,000125,821,00086.02%
2013148,197,000114,422,00084.69%
2012135,473,000112,089,00082.74%
2011145,320,000112,203,00077.21%
2010141,536,00098,740,00069.76%
2009141,376,00094,980,00067.18%
2008153,650,00089,853,00058.48%
2007140,188,00079,979,00057.05%
2006136,071,00073,255,00053.84%
2005133,933,00068,476,00051.13%
2004132,200,00061,507,00046.53%
2003131,557,00052,944,00040.24%
2002131,728,00046,892,00035.60%
2001130,965,00040,244,00030.73%

2015 Tax Season (2014 Tax Year) e-file Statistics

Individual Income Tax Returns20142015% Change
Total Receipts 148,787,000 150,062,000 0.9
Total Processed 148,112,000 149,351,000 0.8
e-filing Receipts:
Total 125,720,000 128,653,000 2.3
Tax Professionals 77,776,000 78,279,000 0.6
Self-prepared 47,944,000 50,374,000 5.1
Total Refunds:
Number108,874,000 108,739,000 -0.1
Amount$299.393 Bill.$298.596 Bill. -0.3
Average refund $2,750 $2,746 -0.1
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number83,806,00086,014,000 2.6
Amount$243.243 Bill.$252.470 Bill. 3.8
Average refund$2,902$2,935 1.1
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