WHAT THE IRS MIGRATION DATA MEAN
The numbers behind the maps and stories in "Valley on the Move"
come from a Sunday Gazette-Mail computer analysis of Internal Revenue
In addition to collecting taxes from citizens, the IRS keeps
track of the county and state where taxpayers and their dependents say
they live, and where they move. The IRS does not release
data on any individual taxpayer, only the total numbers of people
This IRS migration data also tracks the average
income of the taxpayers who leave or come into a county, called the median
adjusted gross income, and the sum earning power of all those people,
called the aggregate adjusted gross income.
The IRS data does not count all people. Not everybody
files a tax return, especially seniors and people with low incomes. The
through divorce or death might not show up on one year's return, for
The stories in "Valley on the Move" focus on the net gains or losses in
Kanawha and Putnam County. Migration does not occur in only one
direction. For example, the IRS data shows 916 taxpayers and
their dependents moving from Putnam County to Kanawha County in tax year
1998-99 - not bad for Kanawha, except 1,309 taxpayers and dependents moved
from Kanawha County to Putnam County, a net loss of 393.
This data can be ordered on the Web at www.irs.ustreas.