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Subject:  Re: IRS Disclosures during 2011 Date:  4/27/2012  7:23 PM
Author:  irasmilo Number:  116103 of 127297

Assuming there are about 150 million returns filed each year, that's an average of 60 disclosures per return.

There are many multiples of 150 returns filed each year. According to
Sec. 6103:

The term “return” means any tax or information return, declaration of estimated tax, or claim for refund required by, or provided for or permitted under, the provisions of this title which is filed with the Secretary by, on behalf of, or with respect to any person, and any amendment or supplement thereto, including supporting schedules, attachments, or lists which are supplemental to, or part of, the return so filed.

I would assume that means that any information return such as W-2, 1099 series, 1098 series, etc. is a return and any disclosure of that information (for instance, the forwarding of the data to a state in a joint federal/state e-filing) is a disclosure for the purposes of this report. So it might not be that our info is being spread far and wide, but that each return as we might commonly think of it (that is, the 1040 plus attached schedules and forms) is actually several returns in this context.

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