Daily Tax Update - December 23, 2005

IRS RELEASES FALL STATISTICS OF INCOME BULLETIN:
This week, the IRS announced the release of the Fall 2005 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin. According to the IRS, "The Bulletin contains an in-depth look at the 130.4 million individual income tax returns filed for tax year 2003, a slight increase from the 130.1 million returns filed for tax year 2002. The adjusted gross income (AGI) less deficit reported on these returns totaled just over $6.2 trillion, while taxable income totaled $4.2 trillion. The largest component of AGI was salaries and wages totaling just over $4.6 trillion. A total of $268.6 billion in business net income was reported on 14.4 million returns."

  • The Bulletin is a quarterly compilation of information on various topics from federal tax returns and other documents. The Bulletin includes historical data on income, deductions and tax reported on returns filed by individuals, corporations and unincorporated businesses with selected data presented for estates. Statistics are also presented on tax collections, including excise taxes by type, and refunds for recent years.
  • The document can be accessed here.

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