INFOGRAPHIC: Average Tax Refund by State

Texas and D.C. get biggest refunds.

By CPA Trendlines Research

Does that mean they need better accountants in Texas and Washington? Hard to say. But it's easy to see the big picture in this groovy graphic.

Average Federal Tax Refunds by State, 2016. Source: couponbox.com
Average Federal Tax Refunds by State, 2016. Source: couponbox.com

 

The smallest refunds went to taxpayers in Maine and Vermont.

Compared to this year, as of the last week in February, the IRS had issued 41 million refunds, down from 46 million in the same year-ago period. Refunds issued so far in 2017 total $127 billion, averaging $3,071. Of course, that number usually slips as the season progresses.

And tax professionals already know that 2017 differs from last year in a number of important ways. The IRS is enforcing a slowdown in payouts due to fraud issues related to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit.
Here's the complete data set for last year:
2016 Filing Season Statistics
2016 Filing Season Statistics

And here's where we stand so far this year:

IRS Filing Season Statistics for Week Ending March 10, 2017. Cumulative comparing 03/11/2016 and 03/10/2017
IRS Filing Season Statistics for Week Ending March 10, 2017. Cumulative comparing 03/11/2016 and 03/10/2017

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