Welcome 2023. We're slowly getting back to a semblance of normal. We got regular tax deadlines last year and the Internal Revenue Service climbed out from underneath most of its filing backlog. Please, can we finish the job this year?
That piled up paperwork is exactly the kind of thing you can expect to see in the ol' blog's By the Numbers count. In fact, 4.2 million such returns made it onto the 2022 numbers page; the year before the recognized figure was 15.6 million.
And in the very first By the Numbers of this new year, fittingly on Jan. 1 of this year (and linked to a little later in this post), the IRS reported it had 2.5 million unprocessed individual returns. We'll see how soon it gets closer to zero over the next 12 months.
In the meantime, there will be plenty of other tax-related numbers. After all, what are taxes without all the digits?
What counts? When it comes to keeping count, By the Numbers recognition can go to just about any and every thing that can be connected in even a remote way 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 (per my judgement) with taxes, federal or state, it counts!
And yes, I am the final judge and arbiter. So you know sometimes the math might not seem to add up. No worries. This isn't something the IRS is going to audit!
Weekend counting: In keeping with the counting tradition, the By the Numbers honorees will be added to this page's running roster 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 lucky 13th year of the ol' blog's numerical tradition.
- $650 & $3,733 & $6,164 & $6,935
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- $14.8 billion
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- 65.5 cents
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