Some New York State residents have gotten their state tax returns back already.

The State Department of Taxation and Finance announced that 87 refunds totaling more than $15,000 were direct deposited into taxpayer bank accounts today.

The average refund was $183 and the refunds range up to $1,356.

Each of the taxpayers used the State's new Income Tax Web File that enables state returns to be prepared and e-filed earlier than before for free.

The Department of Taxation and Finance says e-filing is safer, faster and more accurate than paper filing and you'll get your return at least twice as fast.