Tax Pro E-Filing Market Share Drops to 57%

Chart of e-filings by tax pros 2010-2018Self-preparers make gains, but there are still new clients to be had.

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

The 2018 busy season ended and tax pros lost a little bit more market share, following a trend that has continued nearly from the beginning of weekly IRS reports.

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As of April 20, the most recent week of reporting, e-filings of individual income tax returns totaled 124.5 million, up 1.9 percent. Tax professionals handled 71 million of those, down 0.8 percent. Self-preparers filed 53.5 million, up 3.4 percent.

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Beth Bellor has served CPA Trendlines as a senior editor, researcher and production director since 2013. Her background includes a distinguished career in journalism, ranging from newspapers and magazines to books and new media.

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