Hello 2021. You are definitely a number we've been looking to welcome after the previous [insert your own descriptor] 12 months.
Yes, the number that dominated 2020 was 19, as in COVID-19. And yes, it looks like the coronavirus pandemic will be with us at least into the first few months of this new year.
But we made it through 2020's chaotic tax season. I have confidence that we'll do the same in 2021.
And one final yes: We'll still be looking at tax-related numbers this year. I mean, what are taxes without all the digits?
What counts? Speaking of tax digits, By the Numbers recognition can go to just about any and every thing that can be counted in even a remote way as connected to taxes.
The potential figures range from tax rate percentages to dollar amounts to titles of tax legislation to raw numbers and more. Much, much more.
If it can be associated with taxes, federal or state, it counts!
Late but still counting: In my hangover from celebrating the end of 2020, I was a bit slow in getting around to tabulating early 2021 tax numbers here on this new year's new By the Numbers page.
But now I am caught up, at least on getting this page created. And from now on, the featured figures will show up here after they are highlighted in a post.
That usually will be on Sundays. Sometimes, though, a number gets early recognition, showing up on Saturday or even at the end of the traditional work week. And if some breaking tax news forces its way onto the ol' blog on Sunday, then the number will appear the next week.
But whenever they show up, they are counted.
Regardless of the timing, you can always find the numbers at the link in the ol' blog's right column under the multicolored numbers box, the same one that's pictured on this page. A click there will bring you to this collection of the all the year's tax numbers, with the most recent figure and blog post at the top of the list.
So here we go into the 11th year of the ol' blog's numerical tradition. And if you want to reminisce until the 2021 numbers add up, you can recount the featured figures from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
IRS mails 260,000 failure-to-file notices, but admits many likely are wrong (Feb. 21, 2021)
- 52 percent
State tax collectors get Valentine's Day gifts, too, in form of sales tax collections (Feb. 14, 2021)
- 63 percent
Gambling revenue not as lucrative as states hoped, but Super Bowl betting bump helps (Feb. 7, 2021)
- Form 1040
Form 1040 goes bigger for 2020 return filings (Jan. 31, 2021)
- 71.7 percent
Real estate taxes are a big part of state funding, but vary widely nationwide (Jan. 24, 2021)
- 1.79 percent
TIGTA finds problems with private tax collection levels, payment plans and security (Jan. 17, 2021)
6 tax & financial tips for the next lottery millionaire (Jan. 10, 2021)
- $472 million
IRS Whistleblower Office collected $472M from tax cheats (Jan. 3, 2021)