published on January 29, 2020 - 1:01 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

If you’re hoping for a little more back from the government this tax season from what you’ve paid throughout the year, you might be in the right place.

Fresno County ranked No. 9 out of California counties for average tax amount refunded and ratio of taxpayers receiving refunds rather than debits in the 2017 tax year, according to a press release from technology company SmartAsset. It ranked 483rd nationally. The 2017 county tax data is the most recent data available from the IRS.

On average, filers in the county who overpaid received $3,097 back from taxes filed with the IRS. Of the 385,920 tax forms filed that resulted in either a refund or debit, 306,280 got money back, equaling 79.4%. For those who had to pay with their filings, the average amount was $4,904.

Those in Marin County, ranked No. 1 in the state, received back $4,788 on average. Marin County ranked No. 2 nationally.

Following close behind Fresno County was Kern County with $3,069 average tax amount refunded. The statewide average was $3,069.

Tulare County ranked No. 13 with an average $2,988 return. Of its 175,680 filings, 80.9% of households received refunds, ranking No. 688 nationally.

Kings County ranked No. 17 statewide and No. 837 nationally. On average, they received $2,929 back or had to pay $4,449.

Madera County ranked the worst of the Central Valley four counties at No. 26, averaging $2,875 returned and $4,888 owed.

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