BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- If you're receiving a tax refund this year, congratulations! You just gave the U.S. government a generous interest-free loan over the past year while missing out on gains of 75% or more in stocks such as Netflix (NFLX) and Caterpillar (CAT).With so much money about to be repaid to workers, investment advisors are right to note the stock-market returns that Americans could have enjoyed if their withholdings had been different. According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 82 million tax returns were filed by March 25. Almost 70 million were due refunds, with the average refund checking in at $2,952. That means the IRS has already committed to paying out more than $206 billion, and the government still expects to receive another 59 million returns before the April 18 filing deadline. (The deadline is usually April 15.)
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