Data Points Down as Tax Season Opens

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By Beth Bellor

Filings were behind last year’s marks as tax season opened, according to the IRS, and pros handled about 35 percent of e-filings.

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The Internal Revenue Service received 15.8 million individual income tax returns for the week ending Jan. 31 – the first of the season and just five days long – down by 1.6 percent from the year before. It had processed 12.9 million returns, down 2.7 percent, for a processing rate of 82 percent.