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As of March 29th, the total individual tax refunds are down $6 Billion compared to this time a year ago, according to the IRS.
According to CBS News on average, individual returns are only $20 less than last year; however, that small amount is adding up to big problems elsewhere. As Retail sales are down.
The smaller returns don't necessarily mean workers paid more in taxes. It means they took more home each week in their paycheck. However, that doesn't have the same ring of the cash register for buyers and sellers as one big $3,000 check at the beginning of the year.