The average tax refund in 2014 was $2,696, up 1.5 percent from the average refund of $2,656 in 2013, according to a new report on how well the Internal Revenue Service operated last tax season.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that the IRS managed to function well this past tax season, despite a two-week delay as a result of the government shutdown last fall.

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