Selected figures from this year's tax filings through March 19 in comparison with the same period last year:

Returns filed: 57.2 million, up 2.1 percent.

Electronic filing: Total, 22.8 million, up 15.8 percent. (Computer, 18.3 million, up 22.5 percent; telephone, 4.5 million, down 5.5 percent.)

Refunds: 43.6 million, up 1 percent. Total: $70.2 billion, up 16.3 percent; average: $1,609, up 15.2 percent; Direct deposit: $17.8 million, up 22.4 percent.