The Internal Revenue Service says early filers are seeing smaller average refunds this year.
The average refund so far is down about 8 percent.
Refunds for early filers average $1,865.
That’s compared to $2,035 for the 2017 tax year.
The total number of returns received by the IRS also dipped during the first week of the season, from about 18 million at this point last season to some 16 million so far in 2019.
This season will also be watch closely for the impact of the Republican-led tax overhaul in 2017.
The overhaul ushered in the most sweeping changes to the tax code in 30 years.