The average tax refund in every state

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For most Americans, tax season means a nice refund. In 2019, 72% of Americans received a federal tax refund, and the average amount was $2,869, according to the IRS.

You’ll typically receive a refund if your employer withheld too much from your paychecks or you didn’t claim deductions, credits or exemptions you were eligible for. While receiving a chunk of change in the mail is a nice surprise, it typically means your paychecks were lower than they should have been. (You can learn more about how tax refunds work here.)

The average tax refund amount varies geographically. We took a look at the average federal refund by state, based on 2018 data from the IRS.

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Alabama

Average refund: $2,823

Number of refunds: 1,641,355

Total amount refunded: $4.6 billion

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Alaska

Average refund: $2,852

Number of refunds: 272,281

Total amount refunded: $776 million

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Arizona

Average refund: $2,702

Number of refunds: 2,273,320

Total amount refunded: $6.1 billion

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Arkansas

Average refund: $2,755

Number of refunds: 989,207

Total amount refunded: $2.7 billion

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California

Average refund: $2,946

Number of refunds: 13,695,642

Total amount refunded: $40.3 billion

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Colorado

Average refund: $2,638

Number of refunds: 2,038,705

Total amount refunded: $5.4 billion

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Connecticut

Average refund: $3,091

Number of refunds: 1,391,609

Total amount refunded: $4.3 billion

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Delaware

Average refund: $2,672

Number of refunds: 365,650

Total amount refunded: $977 million

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District of Columbia

Average refund: $2,933

Number of refunds: 276,107

Total amount refunded: $810 million

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Florida

Average refund: $2,989

Number of refunds: 7,970,808

Total amount refunded: $23.8 billion

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Georgia

Average refund: $2,872

Number of refunds: 3,634,835

Total amount refunded: $10.4 billion

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Hawaii

Average refund: $2,576

**Number of refunds:**538,247

Total amount refunded: $1.4 billion

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Idaho

Average refund: $2,465

Number of refunds: 570,460

Total amount refunded: $1.4 billion

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Illinois

Average refund: $2,916

Number of refunds: 4,961,020

Total amount refunded: $14.5 billion

Find out if you will get a tax refund here

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Indiana

Average refund: $2,619

Number of refunds: 2,585,870

Total amount refunded: $6.8 billion

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Iowa

Average refund: $2,650

Number of refunds: 1,139,845

Total amount refunded: $3 billion

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Kansas

Average refund: $2,677

Number of refunds: 1,039,631

Total amount refunded: $2.8 billion

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Kentucky

Average refund: $2,658

Number of refunds: 1,586,406

Total amount refunded: $4.2 billion

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Louisiana

Average refund: $3,060

Number of refunds: 1,596,890

Total amount refunded: $4.9 billion

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Maine

Average refund: $2,362

Number of refunds: 512,765

Total amount refunded: $1.2 billion

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Maryland

Average refund: $2,860

Number of refunds: 2,317,650

Total amount refunded: $6.6 billion

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Massachusetts

Average refund: $2,877

Number of refunds: 2,708,975

Total amount refunded: $7.8 billion

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Michigan

Average refund: $2,591

Number of refunds: 3,771,890

Total amount refunded: $9.8 billion

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Minnesota

Average refund: $2,530

Number of refunds: 2,113,803

Total amount refunded: $5.3 billion

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Mississippi

Average refund: $2,943

Number of refunds: 1,011,987

Total amount refunded: $3 billion

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Missouri

Average refund: $2,613

Number of refunds: 2,220,030

Total amount refunded: $5.8 billion

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Montana

Average refund: $2,394

Number of refunds: 373,163

Total amount refunded: $893 million

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Nebraska

Average refund: $2,626

Number of refunds: 712,383

Total amount refunded: $1.9 billion

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Nevada

Average refund: $2,807

Number of refunds: 1,130,870

Total amount refunded: $3.2 billion

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New Hampshire

Average refund: $2,618

Number of refunds: 559,241

Total amount refunded: $1.5 billion

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New Jersey

Average refund: $3,052

Number of refunds: 3,485,255

Total amount refunded: $10.6 billion

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New Mexico

Average refund: $2,647

Number of refunds: 722,010

Total amount refunded: $1.9 billion

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New York

Average refund: $3,099

Number of refunds: 7,704,101

Total amount refunded: $23.9 billion

Learn how to file your taxes here

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North Carolina

Average refund: $2,638

Number of refunds: 3,589,979

Total amount refunded: $9.5 billion

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North Dakota

Average refund: $2,831

Number of refunds: 276,932

Total amount refunded: $784 million

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Ohio

Average refund: $2,540

Number of refunds: 4,563,132

Total amount refunded: $11.6 billion

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Oklahoma

Average refund: $2,964

Number of refunds: 1,291,633

Total amount refunded: $3.8 billion

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Oregon

Average refund: $2,426

Number of refunds: 1,455,609

Total amount refunded: $3.5 billion

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Pennsylvania

Average refund: $2,655

Number of refunds: 5,042,739

Total amount refunded: $13.4 billion

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Rhode Island

Average refund: $2,636

Number of refunds: 436,927

Total amount refunded: $1.2 billion

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South Carolina

Average refund: $2,578

Number of refunds: 1,722,707

Total amount refunded: $4.4 billion

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South Dakota

Average refund: $2,620

Number of refunds: 321,822

Total amount refunded: $843 million

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Tennessee

Average refund: $2,749

Number of refunds: 2,465,503

Total amount refunded: $6.8 billion

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Texas

Average refund: $3,203

Number of refunds: 10,200,819

Total amount refunded: $32.7 billion

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Utah

Average refund: $2,685

Number of refunds: 1,055,315

Total amount refunded: $2.8 billion

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Vermont

Average refund: $2,417

Number of refunds: 253,641

Total amount refunded: $613 million

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Virginia

Average refund: $2,789

Number of refunds: 3,116,831

Total amount refunded: $8.7 billion

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Washington

Average refund: $2,718

Number of refunds: 2,774,701

Total amount refunded: $7.5 billion

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West Virginia

Average refund: $2,650

Number of refunds: 640,359

Total amount refunded: $1.7 billion

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Wisconsin

Average refund: $2,438

Number of refunds: 2,234,713

Total amount refunded: $5.4 billion

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Wyoming

Average refund: $2,997

Number of refunds: 212,837

Total amount refunded: $638 million

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Did you miss a tax refund?

Tax refunds are a common type of unclaimed property, or money that’s gone dormant. Think you have unclaimed money waiting for you? Check out our state-by-state guide on how to file a claim.

This article originally appeared in Policygenius and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org. 

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