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.
- 15.6 million
IRS reports progress in tax return backlog (July 25, 2021)
IRS plans to hire thousands of auditors by September (July 18, 2021)
- $35.5 trillion
New York City, San Jose top lists of where the rich live (July 11, 2021)
- July 4, 1776
Delving into the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2021 (July 4, 2021)
Reps seek $10,200 tax exclusion for essential workers (June 27, 2021)
- 1.7 million
Parenting resources, including tax breaks, for single dads (June 20, 2021)
Louisianans in 5 parishes now have Aug. 16 tax deadline (June 13, 2021)
- 13 million
2.8 million in unemployment tax refunds have been issued (June 06, 2021)
- Fiscal Year 2022
Biden's first federal budget covers campaign & tax promises (May 30, 2021)
- $473,007 and 32.60%
New Jersey residents projected to pay the most state taxes over their lifetimes (May 23, 2021)
TN disaster relief means May 17 isn't Tax Day in 6 states (May 15, 2021)
A long look at 2021 tax facts & a glimpse at other Tax Days (May 8, 2021)
- June 30 and Aug. 2
New tax deadlines for disaster victims in Kentucky (June 30) and Alabama (Aug. 2) (May 1, 2021)
- 29 million
29 million tax returns awaiting manual IRS processing (April 25, 2021)
- $1 trillion
Tax Gap likely $1 trillion, thanks largely to cryptocurrency (April 18, 2021)
- $13.2 billion
Biden budget would beef up IRS tax enforcement (April 11, 2021)
55 big, profitable U.S. companies paid no tax in 2020 (April 4, 2021)
Hawai'i looks to be lone holdout in making May 17 Tax Day (March 28, 2021)
IRS to automatically issue refunds on tax-free unemployment to eligible early filers (March 21, 2021)
Pi(e) Day March 14 and rounded tax form entries (March 14, 2021)
- 45.271 million
Late 2021 tax-filing season start didn't slow down taxpayers (March 7, 2021)
- Notice 2021-18
2021 housing cost tax break amounts for U.S. expatriates (Feb. 28, 2021)
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)