Question of the Day: What percent of U.S. taxpayers prepared their own tax returns in 2020?

Mar 01, 2021
Question of the Day, Taxes

Answer: Among those who filed electronically, 47% prepared their own returns


  • What do you think are the factors that determine whether someone files their own returns or hires a professional to do it? 
  • Do you hope to be able to file your own tax returns? Why or why not?
  • What are resources that you can use to make filing your own returns easier? 

Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the Numbers (

"United States taxpayers who prepare and efile their own tax returns continues to grow steadily. In 2020 (for Tax Year 2019), over 71,761,000 taxpayers have prepared and efiled their federal tax returns themselves as of October 2020."


Teach your students how to file the 1040 using NGPF's Activity, CALCULATE: Completing a 1040

About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.