Average refund remains down.
By Beth Bellor
As tax season entered its final days, a few positives brightened the data that generally have been bleak all year.
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As of April 5, the latest figures available, the Internal Revenue Service had received 103.5 million individual income tax returns, down 0.3 percent from the same period last year. It had processed 100.6 million of them, down 0.5 percent from 2018, for a 97.2 percent processing rate.
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