The West Virginia Tax Department says taxpayers are receiving state refunds faster this year.

Tax Department spokeswoman Heather Cochran told the Charleston Daily Mail that the quicker turnaround is due to three factors.

More taxpayers are filing their returns electronically.

Direct deposit of refunds into taxpayers' bank accounts also has increased.

And, the Tax Department has become more efficient at processing returns.

The Tax Department had received 610,784 personal income tax returns as of Wednesday.

Seventy-eight percent, or 477,455, were filed electronically.

The average refund is $296.11.

Monday is the deadline to file state and federal returns.

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