IRS: Average tax refund down 8 percent

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It’s tax season — and it’s off to a slower start this year.

And early filers are seeing smaller than average refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service says the average refund so far is down about 8 percent — under the first full year of the overhauled tax code.

Refunds for early filers average $1,865.

That’s compared to 2,035 for the 2017 tax year.

The total number of returns received by the IRS also dipped during the first week of the season, which ended February 1.

It’s down about 2 million returns, from about 18 million at this point last season — to some 16 million so far in 2019.

This tax season will be watched closely for the real impact of the GOP-led tax overhaul in 2017.

The overhaul ushered in the most sweeping changes to the tax code in three decades.

Already, some early filers have lashed out at President Donald Trump on Twitter:

“I just did my taxes and made the same as last year. I owe 4K more. I voted for Trump but will not be next election.”

“Worst tax return I had in a decade!”


“I won’t vote for you again especially after I started on my 2018 return.”

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