It's the usual rush of tax season, however, tax season is going to be different for many this year. 

The IRS says the average refund so far is down around 8% and some say it's hitting hard. Changes to the tax law could be making those returns look a bit lower.



This year when Michelle Heyward Cooper plugged in her usual numbers into her forms.

"I got Turbo Tax out, did it and almost threw up." 

She says she owes around $4,100 in taxes, thats nearly 4 times the amount the couple owed in the past. 

"It's kind of hard to understand when we both claimed zero and had extra money taken out" 

However, tax experts says the major changes lasy year had an impact.

"Did their tax rate drop enough" Say it didn't but the witholding went down, that could be a less than ideal situation," said Managing Director of Staff Ciampino & Company Dan Ciampino.

Ciampino says those changes meant more money in the paycheck throughout the year. 

"The tax rates change, the tables changed. So instead of taking $50 a week out, maybe it was down where they were taking $35 out." 

Which means less witholdings, even if that cash went unnoticed, like it did for Heyward Cooper.

"The selling point was that you were going to get more money in your paycheck," said Cooper. "I think if anything I had a few more dollars, but it was nothing that I noticed."

The extra money was seen throughout the year, which impacted the economy, according to Ciampino.

"If you can feel it in your pocket, people use that money to spur the economy," said Ciampino.

However, workers say there's a pro of recieving it in one lump sum.

"Families who are struggling to pay for college for their kids, to heat their homes, or to put food on the table they're the people that need the money," said Ciampino.

Experts say it may be too late to impact this years return, but nows the time to make changes for next year.

"You can do planning during the year, be proactive than reactive," said Ciampino.

Individual filings are due on April 15th.