This Is How Much You're Likely to Get On Your 2021 Tax Return, IRS Says

See how the average tax return in 2021 compares with years prior.

Whether you are the type of person that does their taxes the moment that W-2 is ready for processing or you are a serial procrastinator that always waits until the last possible moment, now seems like the right time to look at the latest tax refund statistics for people across the country. As of mid-April, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has distributed more than $210 billion in 2021 tax returns, USA Today reported on April 27. That breaks down to a return of about $2,873 for the average individual when factoring in both online and paper filings.

With that information, we became curious on how this year's average return compares to how much individuals received in years prior, and decided to dig through IRS data to see what the average return was at this time of year beginning in 2010. Read on to see how returns rose and fell from year to year and see how your 2021 return compares with the average individual in the U.S. And to see where people give the most to Uncle Sam, This State Has the Highest Taxes in America, According to Data.

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Filing year: 2010

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Average individual return: $2,887

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +8.0 percent

And if you haven't filed your taxes yet, make sure you check out This Common Mistake Could Delay Your Tax Refund This Year, IRS Says.

Filing year: 2011

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Average individual return: $2,822

Increase/decrease from the year prior: -2.2 percent

Filing year: 2012

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Average individual return: $2,716

Increase/decrease from the year prior: -3.8 percent

Filing year: 2013

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Average individual return: $2,657

Increase/decrease from the year prior: -2.2 percent

Filing year: 2014

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Average individual return: $2,694

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +1.4 percent

Filing year: 2015

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Average individual return: $2,700

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +0.2 percent

Filing year: 2016

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Average individual return: $2,711

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +0.4 percent

Filing year: 2017

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Average individual return: $2,763

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +1.9 percent

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Filing year: 2018

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Average individual return: $2,771

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +0.2 percent

Filing year: 2019

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Average individual return: $2,725

Increase/decrease from the year prior: -1.5 percent

Filing year: 2020

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Average individual return: $2,818

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +3.4 percent

Filing year: 2021

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Average individual return: $2,873

Increase/decrease from the year prior: +2.0 percent

And to make sure you get the most cash you can, check out The IRS Just Revealed How to Get the Most Money Back on Your Tax Return.

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