On April 15, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig thanked taxpayers. He stated, "Our nation's tax system is built around the concept of voluntary tax compliance, meaning citizens comply with their civic duty each year by preparing and filing their taxes — without direct government intervention. This principle has helped make our tax system a model for the entire world. Thanks to taxpayers, this system helps fund our great nation. Each year, 95% of the gross receipts of our country flows through the IRS — about $3.5 trillion last year — funding critical aspects of the U.S., ranging from roads and schools to the nation's military."
Rettig reported a smooth filing season. By April 5, 2019, the IRS had received 103 million tax returns and issued 78 million tax refunds. The total amount of the refunds exceeded $220 billion and the average refund was $2,833.
This will be a busy month for both the IRS and taxpayers. The IRS expected 14.8 million tax returns to be filed the week of April 12. By tax day on April 15, the IRS predicted that another 18.3 million returns would be filed.