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2021 US Tax Tracker #2: IRS Issues $146 Billion in Refunds, Down Versus Last Year

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Each year, the IRS reports tax return filings and refunds on a weekly basis, extending its deadline to May 17 this year amid the pandemic. In this report, we look at what happened in the fifth week of the 2021 tax filing season, which got off to a delayed start on February 12 this year.

  • The number of refunds issued is down compared to the same time last year.
  • Filings are down compared to the same time last year, as is the number of returns processed.
  • The number of taxpayers using the IRS website to access information has increased dramatically compared to last year.

Click here to read our previous report on the first week of the 2021 tax filing season.

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