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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

  • umber of people in that taxpayer's household. The loss of a spouse

    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.


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




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