IRS Website Sets New Records

Taxpayers throughout the United States flocked to the Internal Revenue Website in record levels this tax season.  With a filing deadline of April 17, 2006, the IRS site set a single day record of nearly 3.4 million visits, eclipsing the prior one-day record set last season of 3.3 million visits.

In addition to this single day record, the IRS website also set several other records this year:

  • On April 17, 2006, the IRS site set a peak usage record of 3,327 hits per second at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
  • By Thursday, April 13, the IRS had also received a total of 17,629,831 e-filed returns from computer users.  This volume of e-file filings surpassed last year's total of 17,100,353 returns.  That's a 15% increase compared to the same period last year.

The IRS website is one of the most frequently visited Internet sites during the tax season.  In fact, the site was redesigned last fall to include features that would enhance search capabilities, and provide faster access to tax preparation tools.

This record level usage underscores the IRS site as the premier source of tax information.  For example, taxpayers that are expecting a refund can check its status by visiting Where's My Refund?  This particular feature has been accessed more than 24 million times this tax season.

In addition, the Free File program will remain open to everyone that meets that program's criteria until October 16, 2006, when the timeline for the six month filing extension expires.  Free File and e-file are electronic tax filing systems that allow taxpayers to file their tax returns electronically.  According to the IRS, e-filers typically get their refund in half the time when compared to those filing paper returns.

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