Americans paid in 2019 more than $3.5 trillion in taxes. Nearly half of all tax returns filed by individuals, corporations, and estates received a refund.
Altogether, the Internal Revenue Service issued nearly 122 million refunds totaling $452.1 billion, or $3,709 per refund. There are a number of variables that affect the amount that is refunded, one of which is location. The average refund can vary by state from under $2,500 to more than $8,700.
For the fiscal year 2019, the average tax refund for Oklahoma was $3,327. This ranks as the 12th highest among all 50 states and is lower than the average refund amount of $3,709 nationwide. This figure includes not just personal income tax returns, but also corporate taxes, estate taxes, and more.
Nationwide, the IRS collected $10,860 per person in 2019, but in Oklahoma, IRS collections per capita were lower, at $7,363. Nationwide, 48.2% of tax returns filed received a refund. But in Oklahoma, 48.3% of returns received a refund, which ranked 25th fewest among all states.
To determine the average tax refund in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on tax refunds from the IRS. States were ranked based on the average tax refund amount issued in the 2019 fiscal year, which includes refunds for individuals, corporate taxes, estate taxes, and more. This is how each state ranks in average tax refunds.
RankStateAverage refund ($)Median household income ($)IRS collections per capita ($)1Delaware8,76670,17620,6152New Jersey4,50285,75115,7913Connecticut4,01878,83316,0144Illinois3,72469,18712,8065Texas3,68464,03410,0826Nebraska3,65263,22913,2097Minnesota3,57174,59318,2008New York3,49572,10815,6789Massachusetts3,47885,84317,41510Washington3,35178,68713,21211Louisiana3,34951,0738,48212Oklahoma3,32754,4497,36313Kansas3,29162,0879,04114Florida3,23459,2279,77915Alabama3,20451,7345,40716Georgia3,16261,9808,88217Wyoming3,13665,0038,19718Alaska3,12275,4637,37519Tennessee3,11156,07110,21620California3,09480,44011,94621Mississippi3,08745,7923,78822Arkansas3,08148,95210,13123Nevada3,07063,2767,71724Colorado3,06777,12710,41225Pennsylvania3,05563,46311,09026South Dakota3,04159,5339,07627Arizona3,00062,0556,55928Maryland2,97986,73812,98029Michigan2,96659,5848,16930Virginia2,94076,4569,79131Missouri2,92757,40910,45232Iowa2,92261,6917,89733Utah2,91675,7807,59134North Dakota2,84064,5778,71335North Carolina2,83057,3418,36936Ohio2,82758,6421,237937Indiana2,81757,6039,00638West Virginia2,80848,8503,92839Hawaii2,79283,1026,53040Kentucky2,75152,2957,96741New Mexico2,72551,9454,42142New Hampshire2,69477,9338,97943Idaho2,66960,9996,34744South Carolina2,66056,2275,41645Wisconsin2,65564,1689,08146Rhode Island2,60571,16913,52347Vermont2,58363,0017,22048Oregon2,53767,0588,30849Maine2,48258,9246,04950Montana2,45957,1535,948
via Oklahoma's Center Square News