Refunds remain down in total number and amount.
By Beth Bellor
More people self-prepare their income taxes all the time, but pros still hold the edge in e-filings.
The agency had processed 91. 6 million returns, up 0.3 percent.
The IRS had processed 97.3 percent of returns received.
E-filings totaled 87.3 million, up 0.8 percent. Of those, 48.4 million were handled by tax professionals, down 0.6 percent, and 39 million by self-preparers, up 2.6 percent.
Even though the trends are heading in opposite directions, tax pros still hold the edge in e-filings, preparing 55.4 percent.
Visits to IRS.gov at 324.4 million are up 24.2 percent.
The total number of refunds issued to date was 73.4 million, down 1.1 percent, totaling $212.3 billion, down 0.6 percent. The average refund at $2,893 was up 0.5 percent.
Direct deposit refunds to date totaled 63.9 million, down 1.3 percent, and $193.9 billion, down 1.1 percent. The average direct deposit refund at $3,036 was up 0.2 percent.
Direct deposit was favored by 87 percent of refund recipients.