Taxpayers receive the highest average income tax refunds in these states

Don't mess with Texas – or its taxpayers in spring.

The state took the No. 1 spot in a national ranking of average federal tax refunds from financial technology company SmartAsset. The listing analyzed the total amount of money issued in federal income tax refunds and the total number of income tax refunds issued for all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to calculate the average tax refund from the IRS for each area. 

RELATED: Check out the U.S. states where Americans pay the most in income taxes:

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States where Americans pay the highest in state income taxes

California

State income tax: 1% to 13.3% 

Maine

State income tax: 5.8% to 10.15%

Oregon

State income tax: 5% to 9.9%

Minnesota

State income tax: 5.35% to 9.85%

Iowa

State income tax: 0.36% to 8.98%

New Jersey

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.97%

Vermont

State income tax: 3.55% to 8.95%

Washington, DC

State income tax: 4% to 8.95%

New York

State income tax: 4% to 8.82%

Hawaii

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.25%

Wisconsin

State income tax: 4% to 7.65%

Idaho

State income tax: 1.6% to 7.4%

South Carolina

State income tax: 0% to 7%

Connecticut

State income tax: 3% to 6.99%

Arkansas

State income tax: 0.9% to 6.9%

Montana

State income tax: 1% to 6.9%

Nebraska

State income tax: 2.46% to 6.84%

Delaware

State income tax: 2.2% to 6.6%

West Virginia

State income tax: 3% to 6.5%

Georgia

State income tax: 1% to 6%

Kentucky

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Louisiana

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Missouri

State income tax: 1.5% to 6%

Rhode Island

State income tax: 3.75% to 5.99%

Maryland

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

North Carolina

State income tax: 5.75%

Virginia

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

Oklahoma

State income tax: 0.5% to 5.25%

Massachusetts

State income tax: 5.1%

Alabama

State income tax: 2% to 5%

Mississippi

State income tax: 3% to 5%

Utah

State income tax: 5%

Ohio

State income tax: 0.495% to 4.997%

New Mexico

State income tax: 1.7% to 4.9%

Colorado

State income tax: 4.63%

Kansas

State income tax: 2.7% to 4.6%

Arizona

State income tax: 2.59% to 4.54%

Michigan

State income tax: 4.25%

Illinois

State income tax: 3.75%

Indiana

State income tax: 3.3%

Pennsylvania

State income tax: 3.07%

North Dakota

State income tax: 1.1% to 2.9%

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Texas taxpayers received the largest average income tax refund in 2016 at $3,133, according to the study. Residents in Oklahoma and Louisiana also saw average tax refunds above $3,000, bringing in $3,088 and $3,073, respectively. New York, a state with some of the highest earners in the nation, was No. 4 with an average refund of $2,986.

But while the average tax refunds in states such as No. 5 Connecticut, No. 6 Mississippi and No. 7 New Jersey were separated by less than $20, money in each state stretches much differently based on housing, meals and other cost of living factors. North Dakota and Florida rounded out the top 10 with more than $2,800 going to each taxpayer on average.

Find SmartAsset's ranking of the top 10 states with the highest average tax refunds below, and a complete listing here.

RankStateAverage Tax Refund
1Texas$3,133
2Oklahoma$3,088
3Louisiana$3,073
4New York$2,986
5Connecticut$2,958
6Mississippi$2,953
7New Jersey$2,943
8District of Columbia$2,904
9North Dakota$2,896
10

Florida

$2,877


More state-related rankings can be found here.

Copyright 2017 U.S. News & World Report

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