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Finance The size of your tax refund depends on where you live — here's how much the average person gets back in every state

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Most Americans receive a tax refund, but the amount taxpayers get back varies widely across state lines.

The average Louisianan gets a large tax refund. play

The average Louisianan gets a large tax refund.

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  • The average federal tax refund in America is $2,895, but the figure varies by state.
  • In Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, the average tax refund tops $3,000.
  • Eight of the 10 states with the lowest average tax refund border Canada.


You can now submit your tax return and wait for your refund.

Last year, the IRS sent $324 billion back to taxpayers. Nearly eight out of 10 received a tax refund worth an average of $2,895.

SmartAsset analyzed 2016 data from the IRS to find the average federal tax refund in each state and Washington, DC. To do so, it looked at the total income tax refund for each state and divided it by the number of refunds there.

Maine had the lowest average tax refund, with $2,302, while Texas had the highest, with an average of $3,133. Northern states were more likely to receive smaller tax refunds — eight of the 10 states with the lowest refunds share a border with Canada.

California, the most populous state in America, led the way with the most refunds and largest total amount in refunds but missed the top 10 in average refunds, coming in at No. 13. Wyoming, the least populous, had the fewest refunds, but residents had the 11th-highest average tax refund.

Getting a smaller tax refund may be a smart move, says Lauren Lyons Cole, a senior editor at Business Insider and a certified financial planner. She says that overpaying your tax bill by withholding too much from your paycheck is basically an interest-free loan to the government.

Scroll through to see how much the average person gets back in every state, ordered from the biggest federal tax refund to the smallest. We also included the total amount in tax refunds in each state and the number of federal tax refunds received.

Texas

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Texas

(Wikimedia Commons)

Average refund: $3,133

Number of refunds: 10,148,743

Total income tax refunded: $31.8 billion



Oklahoma

Oklahoma play

Oklahoma

(iStock)

Average refund: $3,088

Number of refunds: 1,321,650

Total income tax refunded: $4.1 billion



Louisiana

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Louisiana

(City of Hammond - Hammond, Louisiana/Facebook)

Average refund: $3,073

Number of refunds: 1,651,207

Total income tax refunded: $5.1 billion



New York

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New York

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Average refund: $2,986

Number of refunds: 7,730,144

Total income tax refunded: $23.1 billion



Connecticut

Connecticut play

Connecticut

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,958

Number of refunds: 1,398,308

Total income tax refunded: $4.1 billion



Mississippi

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Mississippi

(Flickr / Visit Mississippi)

Average refund: $2,953

Number of refunds: 1,039,143

Total income tax refunded: $3.1 billion



New Jersey

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New Jersey

(Flickr/surfergirl30)

Average refund: $2,943

Number of refunds: 3,485,373

Total income tax refunded: $10.3 billion



Washington, DC

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Washington, DC

(Courtesy of TripAdvisor)

Average refund: $2,904

Number of refunds: 274,708

Total income tax refunded: $798 million



North Dakota

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North Dakota

(Flickr/J24L)

Average refund: $2,896

Number of refunds: 282,369

Total income tax refunded: $818 million



Florida

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Florida

(iStock / MVal)

Average refund: $2,877

Number of refunds: 7,794,195

Total income tax refunded: $22.4 billion



Wyoming

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Wyoming

(Courtesy of TripAdvisor)

Average refund: $2,853

Number of refunds: 221,412

Total income tax refunded: $632 million



Illinois

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Illinois

(f11photo/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,815

Number of refunds: 5,023,513

Total income tax refunded: $14.1 billion



California

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California

(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Average refund: $2,811

Number of refunds: 13,651,511

Total income tax refunded: $38.4 billion



Georgia

Georgia play

Georgia

(Nicolas Henderson/Flickr)

Average refund: $2,793

Number of refunds: 3,648,090

Total income tax refunded: $10.2 billion



Alabama

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Alabama

(clayton harrison / Shutterstock.com)

Average refund: $2,787

Number of refunds: 1,681,945

Total income tax refunded: $4.7 billion



Maryland

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Maryland

(Shutterstock/Sean Pavone)

Average refund: $2,771

Number of refunds: 2,336,402

Total income tax refunded: $6.5 billion



Nevada

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Nevada

(Flickr / Moyan Brenn)

Average refund: $2,755

Number of refunds: 1,106,009

Total income tax refunded: $3 billion



Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

(Jon Bilous/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,734

Number of refunds: 2,692,608

Total income tax refunded: $7.4 billion



Virginia

Virginia play

Virginia

(Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,696

Number of refunds: 3,134,320

Total income tax refunded: $8.5 billion



Arkansas

Arkansas play

Arkansas

(The City of Jonesboro AR/Facebook)

Average refund: $2,692

Number of refunds: 1,000,615

Total income tax refunded: $2.7 billion



Tennessee

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Tennessee

(Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,688

Number of refunds: 2,468,085

Total income tax refunded: $6.6 billion



Alaska

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Alaska

(Army photo by John Pennell)

Average refund: $2,672

Number of refunds: 274,591

Total income tax refunded: $734 million



Utah

Utah play

Utah

(Aqua Mechanical/Flickr)

Average refund: $2,639

Number of refunds: 1,020,050

Total income tax refunded: $2.7 billion



Arizona

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Arizona

(Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,622

Number of refunds: 2,241,778

Total income tax refunded: $5.9 billion



Washington

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Washington

(Reuters/Chris Helgren)

Average refund: $2,621

Number of refunds: 2,713,988

Total income tax refunded: $7.1 billion



New Mexico

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New Mexico

(Flickr / John Fowler)

Average refund: $2,618

Number of refunds: 735,387

Total income tax refunded: $1.9 billion



Kansas

Kansas play

Kansas

(City of Topeka Government/Facebook)

Average refund: $2,611

Number of refunds: 1,051,359

Total income tax refunded: $2.7 billion



Kentucky

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Kentucky

(Chris Graythen/Getty)

Average refund: $2,601

Number of refunds: 1,598,645

Total income tax refunded: $4.2 billion



West Virginia

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West Virginia

(Flickr / Frank Kovalchek)

Average refund: $2,592

Number of refunds: 661,920

Total income tax refunded: $1.7 billion



Iowa

Iowa play

Iowa

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Average refund: $2,589

Number of refunds: 1,143,730

Total income tax refunded: $3 billion



Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

(Discover Lancaster via Steve Danilla/Facebook)

Average refund: $2,588

Number of refunds: 5,060,627

Total income tax refunded: $13.1 billion



Hawaii

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Hawaii

(Benjamin Zhang)

Average refund: $2,587

Number of refunds: 536,949

Total income tax refunded: $1.4 billion



North Carolina

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North Carolina

(digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,581

Number of refunds: 3,568,635

Total income tax refunded: $9.2 billion



Indiana

Indiana play

Indiana

(Wikimedia Commons)

Average refund: $2,569

Number of refunds: 2,588,399

Total income tax refunded: $6.6 billion



Colorado

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Colorado

(Crested Butte Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Average refund: $2,565

Number of refunds: 1,996,453

Total income tax refunded: $5.1 billion



Missouri

Missouri play

Missouri

(f11photo/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,555

Number of refunds: 2,234,913

Total income tax refunded: $5.7 billion



Rhode Island

Rhode Island play

Rhode Island

(Jamestown, RI Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)

Average refund: $2,554

Number of refunds: 436,944

Total income tax refunded: $1.1 billion



South Dakota

South Dakota play

South Dakota

(Wikimedia)

Average refund: $2,552

Number of refunds: 320,558

Total income tax refunded: $818 million



Delaware

Delaware play

Delaware

(Ken Lund/Flickr)

Average refund: $2,543

Number of refunds: 364,398

Total income tax refunded: $927 million



Nebraska

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Nebraska

(Scruggelgreen/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,534

Number of refunds: 710,216

Total income tax refunded: $1.8 billion



South Carolina

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South Carolina

(Shutterstock/Henryk Sadura)

Average refund: $2,530

Number of refunds: 1,715,207

Total income tax refunded: $4.3 billion



New Hampshire

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New Hampshire

(Flickr / Anthony Quintano)

Average refund: $2,527

Number of refunds: 555,024

Total income tax refunded: $1.4 billion



Michigan

Michigan play

Michigan

(Maria Dryfhout/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,491

Number of refunds: 3,782,002

Total income tax refunded: $9.4 billion



Ohio

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Ohio

(Wikimedia Commons)

Average refund: $2,489

Number of refunds: 4,589,371

Total income tax refunded: $11.4 billion



Idaho

Idaho play

Idaho

(Charles Knowles/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,433

Number of refunds: 554,674

Total income tax refunded: $1.3 billion



Minnesota

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Minnesota

(Wikimedia Commons)

Average refund: $2,432

Number of refunds: 2,087,536

Total income tax refunded: $5.1 billion



Montana

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Montana

(Flickr / Bureau of Land Management)

Average refund: $2,367

Number of refunds: 370,717

Total income tax refunded: $877 million



Wisconsin

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15. Wisconsin

(Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,353

Number of refunds: 2,228,127

Total income tax refunded: $5.2 billion



Vermont

Vermont play

Vermont

(Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,348

Number of refunds: 254,524

Total income tax refunded: $598 million



Oregon

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Oregon

(Jess Kraft/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,342

Number of refunds: 1,422,129

Total income tax refunded: $3.3 billion



Maine

Maine play

Maine

(E.J.Johnson Photography/Shutterstock)

Average refund: $2,302

Number of refunds: 510,897

Total income tax refunded: $1.2 billion