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Arizona 38th for average tax refunds

April 15, 2019

Average federal tax refunds in Arizona ranked 38th highest among the 50 states, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

The average refund in the state was $2,750, based on 24/7 Wall St.’s examination of 2017 IRS Data Book numbers. The refunds resulted from more than 245 million tax returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service by individuals, businesses, trust funds and other entities.

Arizona residents have a median household income of $56,581. Federal tax collections per capita in the state was $6,261, while the percentage of filers receiving refunds was 48.9%.

The average refund calculated in the 24/7 Wall St. study was $3,582. Refunds, however, were not distributed evenly among the states, with residents in three states receiving refunds averaging more than $4,000, while the average in three other states was under $2,500.

The reasons for the wide range in refund numbers are varied, according to the study. Lower refunds tend to go to residents of states with no state income taxes, while residents in states with high tax rates tend to get higher refunds, the study found.