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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

 

Service data.

 

 

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

 

who moved.

 

 

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

 

  • umber of exemptions claimed by a taxpayer may not be the same as the
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  • umber of people in that taxpayer's household. The loss of a spouse
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    through divorce or death might not show up on one year's return, for

     

    instance.

     

     

    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.

     

    gov/prod/tax_stats/soi/ind-cn tymig.html.

     

     


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