Wednesday, April 6, 2011

IRS Data Book 2010

Here they are, all the statistics you've wanted to know about the work of the Internal Revenue Service in 2010. Covering the fiscal year October 1, 2009 through September 2010, the Internal Revenue Service Data Book 2010 includes such fascinating information as:
  • the total number of tax returns filed (230 million returns, including individual income, corporation income, and employment income tax returns);
  • the amount of money collected ($2.3 trillion);
  • the activity at the IRS website, (305 million visits); and
  • the percentage of individual tax returns filed electronically (of the 141 million individual income tax returns processed, almost 70 percent were filed electronically).

There are over 30 tables that provide such details as a breakdown of the returns filed and refunds issued, numbers and types of taxpayer examinations, collections and criminal investigations, and taxpayer assistance.

If you are interested in tax and think you might like to work for the Chief Counsel's office, you will want to check out Tables 26 and 27 on pages 59-60. Here is a description of what Chief Counsel attorneys do, taken from the introduction to those tables:
Attorneys in the Chief Counsel’s Office serve as lawyers for the IRS. They provide guidance to the IRS and to taxpayers on the correct legal interpretation of Federal tax laws, represent the IRS in litigation, and provide all other legal support the IRS needs to carry out its mission.

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