PHOENIX — The deadline to file both your state and federal taxes is less than 10 days away — May 17, 2021.

So, if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you need to begin preparing them — and then filing them — right away.

The average federal refunds so far this season have been $2,873, according to the IRS. The average state refund in Arizona is between $500-$600, comparable to last year’s tax season, according to the Arizona Department of Revenue.

While the pandemic slowed processing times, those who file their taxes early and electronically should see their return processed and refund issued faster than those who did not.

The Arizona Department of Revenue said returns have “remained steady” and that the department “continues to process tax returns, payments, and refunds with no reported delays at this time.”

That’s good news.

So far, 2.6 million individual income tax returns have been filed in the state, of which more than 94% were filed electronically,…

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