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About one-million tax filers have yet to file their return as the filing season enters the homestretch.

With state — and federal — income taxes due on April 17th (thanks to Patriots Day in Massachusetts on April 16 and Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. also on the 16th) 2.367 million tax returns have been filed, with close to 3.4 million returns expected.

The number of returns filed is running slightly ahead of last year's pace, by 52,000 returns, so this last-minute approach to filing is normal taxpayer behavior.

Nearly $840 million has been paid out in refunds to 1.78 million taxpayers, up $21 million from the amount paid last year at this time to 1.74 million taxpayers. The average refund this year is $470; it was $469 a year ago.

Slightly more than 60,000 taxpayers have filed for the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit, up 3,793 taxpayers or 7 percent from a year ago. The amount of credit paid to senior taxpayers is $46.7 million, up 8 percent of $3.48 million from a year ago.

If you have questions about filing state income tax, DOR's customer service is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at 1-800-392-6089. There is also plenty of filing information at www.mass.gov/dor.

You may choose to file your state income tax using WebFile for Income, a free web-based application. Once you have registered for WebFile, you may also check the status of your refund online or use DOR's new mobile app available from Apple or Google.

The average turnaround time for refunds is currently 5 days for paper returns and 3 days for electronic returns; those times will increase as those 1 million tax returns reach DOR in the next week.

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