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With little more than three weeks to go before the April 15th filing deadline, one of the most visible trends this filing season is the move to electronic filing of state tax returns.

Of the 1.625 million returns filed so far (slightly less than half of the expected number), 1.359 million or 83.6 percent have been filed electronically, an increase of 5 percent from a year ago. DOR applauds this trend as it speeds processing of returns and the payment of refunds.

The average refund is $478, up $10 from a year ago; some $613.4 million in refunds have been paid out, slightly more than a year ago. To date, 79 percent of tax filers have received a refund.

The turnaround time for refunds from returns filed electronically is 3.5 days, while the number of refunds sent as direct deposits is 764,152, an increase of 48,584 or 7 percent from a year ago.

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