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States where people receive the biggest tax refunds

  • 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.

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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

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

  • #49. Maine

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

  • #48. Idaho

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

  • #47. Wisconsin

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

  • #46. West Virginia

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

  • #45. Hawaii

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

  • #44. Oregon

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

  • #43. New Mexico

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

  • #42. North Carolina

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

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