Federal income tax returns have been coming into the Ogden Internal Revenue Service Center faster than anticipated, IRS spokesman Doug Green says.

As of Feb. 11, the center had received 1.6 million returns, about one percent more than the number of returns filled by that time in 1988, Green said. The center had expected to receive about 15 percent fewer returns by that time this year, he said.The center, which expanded its electronic-filing program from seven to 24 districts, also had received 114,000 electronically filed returns, compared with 22,000 the same time a year ago, the spokesman said.

The average refund for those returns already filed was $764, about $17 less than last year, Green said. The average refund for an electronically filed return, however, was $1,248.