Tax Pros Fall Behind 6.2% in Returns Filed

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Week ending March 27

Self-preparers, website visits and average refunds the only bright spots.

By Beth Bellor

The year-to-year gap in professional tax preparations continues to grow, stretching past 2.9 million in this oddest of seasons.

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The IRS had received 90.6 million individual income returns, down 2.4 percent from the same period a year ago, as of the week ending March 27, the latest data released. It had processed 87 million returns, down 3.6 percent.