Pros Tackle 49% of E-filed Returns

chart of weekly IRS tax return filing dataRefunds are down 19% in number and total amount.

By Beth Bellor

As in recent years, accountants are losing ground to DIYers when it comes to individual income tax returns. The question is, do they care? Or is this ground they’re all too ready to yield for more profitable pastures?

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The IRS had received 85 million returns as of March 26, down 6.2 percent in a season that started 18 days later than in 2020. It had processed 76 million, down 12.7 percent.