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Tax procrastinators, here's something to make you feel even worse about your dawdling: The IRS has gotten more than half of all the returns it expects to receive during 2014.

The agency received slightly more than 75 million federal income tax returns as of March 14. It expects to get about 149 million returnsby the end of the year.

The IRS has also processed a little more than 73 million of those tax returns. That's 6% more than the same time last year.

Of the forms received, nearly 69 million were e-filed, with about 39 million coming from tax professionals and another 30 million self-prepared.

And here's some incentive for those who haven't yet filled out their forms: The average refund this year is $2,917, up 2% from those received by March 15, 2013.

Folks who got their refund via direct deposit saw an even bigger refund: $3,013. That figure is just about the same as it was for the same tracking period in 2013. Nearly 53 million people got their money back via direct deposit this year.

Those wrangling with tax issues can check out tips from the IRS at: http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Tax-Tips. The agency is putting up a fresh bit of advice each weekday.

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