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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  • The average federal tax refund in America is $US2,895, but the figure varies by state.
  • In Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, the average tax refund tops $US3,000.
  • 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 $US324 billion back to taxpayers. Nearly eight out of 10 received a tax refund worth an average of $US2,895.

SmartAsset analysed 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 $US2,302, while Texas had the highest, with an average of $US3,133. 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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Average refund: $US3,133

Number of refunds: 10,148,743

Total income tax refunded: $US31.8 billion


Oklahoma

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Average refund: $US3,088

Number of refunds: 1,321,650

Total income tax refunded: $US4.1 billion


Louisiana

Average refund: $US3,073

Number of refunds: 1,651,207

Total income tax refunded: $US5.1 billion


New York

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Average refund: $US2,986

Number of refunds: 7,730,144

Total income tax refunded: $US23.1 billion


Connecticut

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Average refund: $US2,958

Number of refunds: 1,398,308

Total income tax refunded: $US4.1 billion


Mississippi

Average refund: $US2,953

Number of refunds: 1,039,143

Total income tax refunded: $US3.1 billion


New Jersey

Average refund: $US2,943

Number of refunds: 3,485,373

Total income tax refunded: $US10.3 billion


Washington, DC

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Average refund: $US2,904

Number of refunds: 274,708

Total income tax refunded: $US798 million


North Dakota

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Average refund: $US2,896

Number of refunds: 282,369

Total income tax refunded: $US818 million


Florida

Average refund: $US2,877

Number of refunds: 7,794,195

Total income tax refunded: $US22.4 billion


Wyoming

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Average refund: $US2,853

Number of refunds: 221,412

Total income tax refunded: $US632 million


Illinois

Average refund: $US2,815

Number of refunds: 5,023,513

Total income tax refunded: $US14.1 billion


California

Average refund: $US2,811

Number of refunds: 13,651,511

Total income tax refunded: $US38.4 billion


Georgia

Average refund: $US2,793

Number of refunds: 3,648,090

Total income tax refunded: $US10.2 billion


Alabama

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Average refund: $US2,787

Number of refunds: 1,681,945

Total income tax refunded: $US4.7 billion


Maryland

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Average refund: $US2,771

Number of refunds: 2,336,402

Total income tax refunded: $US6.5 billion


Nevada

Average refund: $US2,755

Number of refunds: 1,106,009

Total income tax refunded: $US3 billion


Massachusetts

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Average refund: $US2,734

Number of refunds: 2,692,608

Total income tax refunded: $US7.4 billion


Virginia

Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock

Average refund: $US2,696

Number of refunds: 3,134,320

Total income tax refunded: $US8.5 billion


Arkansas

Average refund: $US2,692

Number of refunds: 1,000,615

Total income tax refunded: $US2.7 billion


Tennessee

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Average refund: $US2,688

Number of refunds: 2,468,085

Total income tax refunded: $US6.6 billion


Alaska

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Average refund: $US2,672

Number of refunds: 274,591

Total income tax refunded: $US734 million


Utah

Average refund: $US2,639

Number of refunds: 1,020,050

Total income tax refunded: $US2.7 billion


Arizona

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Average refund: $US2,622

Number of refunds: 2,241,778

Total income tax refunded: $US5.9 billion


Washington

Average refund: $US2,621

Number of refunds: 2,713,988

Total income tax refunded: $US7.1 billion


New Mexico

Average refund: $US2,618

Number of refunds: 735,387

Total income tax refunded: $US1.9 billion


Kansas

Average refund: $US2,611

Number of refunds: 1,051,359

Total income tax refunded: $US2.7 billion


Kentucky

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Average refund: $US2,601

Number of refunds: 1,598,645

Total income tax refunded: $US4.2 billion


West Virginia

Average refund: $US2,592

Number of refunds: 661,920

Total income tax refunded: $US1.7 billion


Iowa

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Average refund: $US2,589

Number of refunds: 1,143,730

Total income tax refunded: $US3 billion


Pennsylvania

Average refund: $US2,588

Number of refunds: 5,060,627

Total income tax refunded: $US13.1 billion


Hawaii

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Average refund: $US2,587

Number of refunds: 536,949

Total income tax refunded: $US1.4 billion


North Carolina

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Average refund: $US2,581

Number of refunds: 3,568,635

Total income tax refunded: $US9.2 billion


Indiana

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Average refund: $US2,569

Number of refunds: 2,588,399

Total income tax refunded: $US6.6 billion


Colorado

Average refund: $US2,565

Number of refunds: 1,996,453

Total income tax refunded: $US5.1 billion


Missouri

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Average refund: $US2,555

Number of refunds: 2,234,913

Total income tax refunded: $US5.7 billion


Rhode Island

Average refund: $US2,554

Number of refunds: 436,944

Total income tax refunded: $US1.1 billion


South Dakota

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Average refund: $US2,552

Number of refunds: 320,558

Total income tax refunded: $US818 million


Delaware

Average refund: $US2,543

Number of refunds: 364,398

Total income tax refunded: $US927 million


Nebraska

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Average refund: $US2,534

Number of refunds: 710,216

Total income tax refunded: $US1.8 billion


South Carolina

Average refund: $US2,530

Number of refunds: 1,715,207

Total income tax refunded: $US4.3 billion


New Hampshire

Average refund: $US2,527

Number of refunds: 555,024

Total income tax refunded: $US1.4 billion


Michigan

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Average refund: $US2,491

Number of refunds: 3,782,002

Total income tax refunded: $US9.4 billion


Ohio

Average refund: $US2,489

Number of refunds: 4,589,371

Total income tax refunded: $US11.4 billion


Idaho

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Average refund: $US2,433

Number of refunds: 554,674

Total income tax refunded: $US1.3 billion


Minnesota

Average refund: $US2,432

Number of refunds: 2,087,536

Total income tax refunded: $US5.1 billion


Montana

Average refund: $US2,367

Number of refunds: 370,717

Total income tax refunded: $US877 million


Wisconsin

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Average refund: $US2,353

Number of refunds: 2,228,127

Total income tax refunded: $US5.2 billion


Vermont

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Average refund: $US2,348

Number of refunds: 254,524

Total income tax refunded: $US598 million


Oregon

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Average refund: $US2,342

Number of refunds: 1,422,129

Total income tax refunded: $US3.3 billion


Maine

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Average refund: $US2,302

Number of refunds: 510,897

Total income tax refunded: $US1.2 billion

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