Most Americans equate tax season with the hope of getting a big refund. Yet one in four taxpayers typically owes money at the time of filing, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
A tax bill can come as a costly surprise, so it pays to know your payment options. Last year, the average balance due was nearly $8,000, compared with an average of $5,273 from 2010 through 2019. Given that average refunds for those who have filed their taxes are smaller this year so far, balances due could be larger, said Erica York, a senior economist at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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