IRS News Release, IR-2010-35 (Mar. 23, 2010)

(statistics for 2010 filing season show that average refund has increased over 2009 amount by 9.6 percent to an average of $3,036 as a result of taxpayers losing jobs for which withholding has already occurred and new refundable credits for primarily lower income persons as a result of the 2009 spending bill).