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April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

Numbers » Here are some facts about penalties, refunds and payments.



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Total amount of refunds • $220 billion.

Average refund • $2,792.

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Where’s my refund? Visits to IRS.gov • 236 million.

The rise of computers • 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically.

Not bothered by tax forms • 58 percent of Americans say it is very easy or somewhat easy to complete a federal return, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

But some people are bothered • 11 percent say it is very hard to complete a federal return.

These people are really bothered • 7 percent say they would be willing to pay more in federal taxes if filing were easier.

Who pays federal taxes?

Last year, the federal government collected $2.8 trillion in taxes and fees. Here is where the money came from:


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Individual income tax • 47 percent.

Payroll taxes • 32 percent.

Corporate income tax • 10 percent.

Excise taxes • 3 percent.

Unemployment insurance • 2 percent

Estate and gift taxes • 1 percent.

Customs duties • 1 percent.

Miscellaneous • 4 percent.

Sources: IRS, AP-GfK Poll conducted March 20-24, Treasury report on budget year 2013.



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