IRS Statistics 2008

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009

During Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, the IRS collected more than $2.3 trillion in tax, net of refunds, 45.8 percent of which was attributable to the individual income tax.

Internal Revenue Service Data Book 2008, Published March 2009,

Recap of 2008:

<li>The Federal IRS collected $2.3 trillion in tax:

* The IRS cost $11 billion, 70% of which is for 90,647 employees. * Average tax per individual was $8,979. * 183 million individual and corporate returns were filed, of which 0.8% or 1.5 million were "examined." 430 thousand were physically audited.  Chance of audit = 0.2%. * 1,479,956 thousand Tax-exempt organizations (Table 25) (501(c)(3) through (9)). * An estimated 4.8 million people don't file their taxes. * The IRS only seized property from 610 people, although it levied third parties (e.g. employers) of 2.6 million delinquents. * The IRS launched 3,749 legal investigations with an 80% sentencing rate of those that went to trial.

Despite 3 years of overall tax rate increases, the average tax rate paid by the top 1 percent has decreased for the past 5 years, while the rates paid by the top 10 percent, 25 percent, and 50 percent all increased from 2005.

Internal Revenue Service, Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin, Winter 2009 Edition,

In 2006, the total income tax share, as a percentage, for the top X percent of taxpayers (Table 5):

United States Fast Facts:

See also historical tables: