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This is the Average Tax Refund in Texas

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 Texas was $3,684. This ranks as the fifth highest among all 50 states and is slightly 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 Texas, IRS collections per capita were slightly lower, at $10,082. Nationwide, 48.2% of tax returns filed received a refund. But in Texas, 52.1% of returns received a refund, which ranked eighth most 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.

 

Rank State Average refund ($) Median household income ($) IRS collections per capita ($)
1 Delaware 8,766 70,176 20,615
2 New Jersey 4,502 85,751 15,791
3 Connecticut 4,018 78,833 16,014
4 Illinois 3,724 69,187 12,806
5 Texas 3,684 64,034 10,082
6 Nebraska 3,652 63,229 13,209
7 Minnesota 3,571 74,593 18,200
8 New York 3,495 72,108 15,678
9 Massachusetts 3,478 85,843 17,415
10 Washington 3,351 78,687 13,212
11 Louisiana 3,349 51,073 8,482
12 Oklahoma 3,327 54,449 7,363
13 Kansas 3,291 62,087 9,041
14 Florida 3,234 59,227 9,779
15 Alabama 3,204 51,734 5,407
16 Georgia 3,162 61,980 8,882
17 Wyoming 3,136 65,003 8,197
18 Alaska 3,122 75,463 7,375
19 Tennessee 3,111 56,071 10,216
20 California 3,094 80,440 11,946
21 Mississippi 3,087 45,792 3,788
22 Arkansas 3,081 48,952 10,131
23 Nevada 3,070 63,276 7,717
24 Colorado 3,067 77,127 10,412
25 Pennsylvania 3,055 63,463 11,090
26 South Dakota 3,041 59,533 9,076
27 Arizona 3,000 62,055 6,559
28 Maryland 2,979 86,738 12,980
29 Michigan 2,966 59,584 8,169
30 Virginia 2,940 76,456 9,791
31 Missouri 2,927 57,409 10,452
32 Iowa 2,922 61,691 7,897
33 Utah 2,916 75,780 7,591
34 North Dakota 2,840 64,577 8,713
35 North Carolina 2,830 57,341 8,369
36 Ohio 2,827 58,642 1,2379
37 Indiana 2,817 57,603 9,006
38 West Virginia 2,808 48,850 3,928
39 Hawaii 2,792 83,102 6,530
40 Kentucky 2,751 52,295 7,967
41 New Mexico 2,725 51,945 4,421
42 New Hampshire 2,694 77,933 8,979
43 Idaho 2,669 60,999 6,347
44 South Carolina 2,660 56,227 5,416
45 Wisconsin 2,655 64,168 9,081
46 Rhode Island 2,605 71,169 13,523
47 Vermont 2,583 63,001 7,220
48 Oregon 2,537 67,058 8,308
49 Maine 2,482 58,924 6,049
50 Montana 2,459 57,153 5,948