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States where people receive the biggest tax refunds

  • States where people receive the biggest tax refunds
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    States where people receive the biggest tax refunds

    The two constants in life, of course, are death and taxes. Mid-April may loom for taxpayers, but it’s the Internal Revenue Service workers who have the truly impressive workload. Last year, they processed 245 million tax returns and more than $3.4 trillion in tax money from both individuals and businesses.

    Paying taxes can be painful … unless you’ve overpaid throughout the year and are eligible for a refund. In that case, the government cuts you a check. If you’re an optimist, think of it like a fun, annual bonus from the government. If you’re a realist, you know it’s more like being paid back on an interest-free loan to the government. Regardless of your outlook, there are many refunds each year. In 2017, 121 million individuals—nearly half of all taxpayers—were paid $436 billion by the government. That’s a sizeable chunk of change.

    Every year, individual states dole out millions, or even billions, in refunds. How much is each person getting from that cut? Stacker has ranked each state from low to high. This data comes from the Internal Revenue Service’s 2017 records. The IRS tallied the total amount of refunds issued in each state and found the average per refund. This list includes all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

    ALSO: Biggest source of tax revenue in every state

  • #51. Montana
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    #51. Montana

    Tax refund per person: $2,421
    Total IRS refunds: 383,966
    Total amount refunded: $929,688,000

  • #50. Vermont
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    #50. Vermont

    Tax refund per person: $2,443
    Total IRS refunds: 259,915
    Total amount refunded: $634,860,000

  • #49. Maine
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    #49. Maine

    Tax refund per person: $2,497
    Total IRS refunds: 518,916
    Total amount refunded: $1,295,965,000

  • #48. Idaho
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    #48. Idaho

    Tax refund per person: $2,512
    Total IRS refunds: 573,741
    Total amount refunded: $1,441,498,000

  • #47. Wisconsin
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    #47. Wisconsin

    Tax refund per person: $2,621
    Total IRS refunds: 2,274,762
    Total amount refunded: $5,961,644,000

  • #46. West Virginia
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    #46. West Virginia

    Tax refund per person: $2,675
    Total IRS refunds: 658,380
    Total amount refunded: $1,761,388,000

  • #45. Hawaii
    8/ Anthony Quintano // Flickr

    #45. Hawaii

    Tax refund per person: $2,682
    Total IRS refunds: 545,207
    Total amount refunded: $1,462,267,000

  • #44. Oregon
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    #44. Oregon

    Tax refund per person: $2,692
    Total IRS refunds: 1,459,595
    Total amount refunded: $3,929,561,000

  • #43. New Mexico
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    #43. New Mexico

    Tax refund per person: $2,702
    Total IRS refunds: 736,423
    Total amount refunded: $1,989,921,000

  • #42. North Carolina
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    #42. North Carolina

    Tax refund per person: $2,726
    Total IRS refunds: 3,635,581
    Total amount refunded: $9,910,477,000

  • #41. Michigan
    12/ Rachel Kramer // Flickr

    #41. Michigan

    Tax refund per person: $2,737
    Total IRS refunds: 3,839,384
    Total amount refunded: $10,507,569,000

  • #40. Kentucky
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    #40. Kentucky

    Tax refund per person: $2,742
    Total IRS refunds: 1,612,373
    Total amount refunded: $4,420,558,000

  • #39. Arizona
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    #39. Arizona

    Tax refund per person: $2,750
    Total IRS refunds: 2,277,407
    Total amount refunded: $6,262,820,000

  • #38. Ohio
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    #38. Ohio

    Tax refund per person: $2,776
    Total IRS refunds: 4,640,883
    Total amount refunded: $12,884,704,000

  • #37. New Hampshire
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    #37. New Hampshire

    Tax refund per person: $2,801
    Total IRS refunds: 568,397
    Total amount refunded: $1,592,047,000

  • #36. South Carolina
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    #36. South Carolina

    Tax refund per person: $2,828
    Total IRS refunds: 1,743,517
    Total amount refunded: $4,931,117,000

  • #35. Indiana
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    #35. Indiana

    Tax refund per person: $2,832
    Total IRS refunds: 2,612,413
    Total amount refunded: $7,399,326,000

  • #34. Tennessee
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    #34. Tennessee

    Tax refund per person: $2,860
    Total IRS refunds: 2,505,451
    Total amount refunded: $7,165,543,000

  • #33. Arkansas
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    #33. Arkansas

    Tax refund per person: $2,912
    Total IRS refunds: 1,007,785
    Total amount refunded: $2,935,066,000

  • #32. Nebraska
    21/ David Wilson // Flickr

    #32. Nebraska

    Tax refund per person: $2,919
    Total IRS refunds: 726,442
    Total amount refunded: $2,120,377,000

  • #31. Alabama
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    #31. Alabama

    Tax refund per person: $2,933
    Total IRS refunds: 1,676,151
    Total amount refunded: $4,916,924,000

  • #30. Colorado
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    #30. Colorado

    Tax refund per person: $2,964
    Total IRS refunds: 2,051,877
    Total amount refunded: $6,082,626,000

  • #29. Alaska
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    #29. Alaska

    Tax refund per person: $2,966
    Total IRS refunds: 283,436
    Total amount refunded: $840,585,000

  • #28. South Dakota
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    #28. South Dakota

    Tax refund per person: $2,977
    Total IRS refunds: 330,591
    Total amount refunded: $984,209,000

  • #27. Kansas
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    #27. Kansas

    Tax refund per person: $2,981
    Total IRS refunds: 1,065,305
    Total amount refunded: $3,175,384,000

  • #26. Utah
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    #26. Utah

    Tax refund per person: $3,007
    Total IRS refunds: 1,051,857
    Total amount refunded: $3,162,991,000

  • #25. Nevada
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    #25. Nevada

    Tax refund per person: $3,015
    Total IRS refunds: 1,129,260
    Total amount refunded: $3,404,334,000

  • #24. Mississippi
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    #24. Mississippi

    Tax refund per person: $3,017
    Total IRS refunds: 1,035,489
    Total amount refunded: $3,124,203,000

  • #23. Maryland
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    #23. Maryland

    Tax refund per person: $3,039
    Total IRS refunds: 2,363,151
    Total amount refunded: $7,181,581,000

  • #22. Pennsylvania
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    #22. Pennsylvania

    Tax refund per person: $3,068
    Total IRS refunds: 5,145,524
    Total amount refunded: $15,787,448,000

  • #21. Rhode Island
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    #21. Rhode Island

    Tax refund per person: $3,081
    Total IRS refunds: 445,927
    Total amount refunded: $1,373,784,000

  • #20. Florida
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    #20. Florida

    Tax refund per person: $3,096
    Total IRS refunds: 8,001,295
    Total amount refunded: $24,770,258,000

  • #19. Missouri
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    #19. Missouri

    Tax refund per person: $3,105
    Total IRS refunds: 2,265,900
    Total amount refunded: $7,035,631,000

  • #18. Virginia
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    #18. Virginia

    Tax refund per person: $3,124
    Total IRS refunds: 3,177,783
    Total amount refunded: $9,927,175,000

  • #17. Georgia
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    #17. Georgia

    Tax refund per person: $3,153
    Total IRS refunds: 3,660,309
    Total amount refunded: $11,539,377,000

  • #16. North Dakota
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    #16. North Dakota

    Tax refund per person: $3,175
    Total IRS refunds: 284,554
    Total amount refunded: $903,489,000

  • #15. Wyoming
    38/ Bureau of Land Management // Flickr

    #15. Wyoming

    Tax refund per person: $3,191
    Total IRS refunds: 221,537
    Total amount refunded: $706,845,000

  • #14. Massachusetts
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    #14. Massachusetts

    Tax refund per person: $3,202
    Total IRS refunds: 2,751,130
    Total amount refunded: $8,809,204,000

  • #13. Iowa
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    #13. Iowa

    Tax refund per person: $3,231
    Total IRS refunds: 1,162,882
    Total amount refunded: $3,757,086,000

  • #12. Washington
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    #12. Washington

    Tax refund per person: $3,234
    Total IRS refunds: 2,806,238
    Total amount refunded: $9,074,335,000

  • #11. California
    42/ IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

    #11. California

    Tax refund per person: $3,239
    Total IRS refunds: 13,846,488
    Total amount refunded: $44,842,074,000

  • #10. Louisiana
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    #10. Louisiana

    Tax refund per person: $3,261
    Total IRS refunds: 1,640,935
    Total amount refunded: $5,350,605,000

  • #9. District of Columbia
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    #9. District of Columbia

    Tax refund per person: $3,330
    Total IRS refunds: 283,179
    Total amount refunded: $943,076,000

  • #8. New York
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    #8. New York

    Tax refund per person: $3,458
    Total IRS refunds: 7,860,621
    Total amount refunded: $27,179,469,000

  • #7. Illinois
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    #7. Illinois

    Tax refund per person: $3,525
    Total IRS refunds: 5,067,372
    Total amount refunded: $17,864,830,000

  • #6. Oklahoma
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    #6. Oklahoma

    Tax refund per person: $3,714
    Total IRS refunds: 1,325,483
    Total amount refunded: $4,922,820,000

  • #5. Minnesota
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    #5. Minnesota

    Tax refund per person: $3,846
    Total IRS refunds: 2,149,182
    Total amount refunded: $8,265,813,000

  • #4. Texas
    49/ Stuart Seeger // Flickr

    #4. Texas

    Tax refund per person: $3,949
    Total IRS refunds: 10,286,833
    Total amount refunded: $40,627,689,000

  • #3. Connecticut
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    #3. Connecticut

    Tax refund per person: $4,001
    Total IRS refunds: 1,422,410
    Total amount refunded: $5,690,878,000

  • #2. New Jersey
    51/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #2. New Jersey

    Tax refund per person: $4,153
    Total IRS refunds: 3,539,771
    Total amount refunded: $14,700,625,000

  • #1. Delaware
    52/ Lee Cannon // Flickr

    #1. Delaware

    Tax refund per person: $4,445
    Total IRS refunds: 375,420
    Total amount refunded: $1,668,868,000

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