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California taxpayers’ incomes rose 2% in 2013

Huong Nguyen and other workers at the State Franchise Tax Board receive incoming tax returns in 2006. The desks they're using are called "Tingle Tables" and were designed by an IRS worker named Tingle back in the 40's Sacramento Bee / Lezlie Sterling
Huong Nguyen and other workers at the State Franchise Tax Board receive incoming tax returns in 2006. The desks they're using are called "Tingle Tables" and were designed by an IRS worker named Tingle back in the 40's Sacramento Bee / Lezlie Sterling Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Californians who filed more than 16 million state income tax returns for 2013 reported $1.42 trillion in adjusted gross income, and the median income for individual tax returns rose 2 percent to $36,624, the state Franchise Tax Board revealed Wednesday.

Within those statewide numbers, however, there were wide variations, with Marin County’s individual taxpayers reporting the highest median, $57,244, and Imperial County at the other end of the scale at $24,058.

There was also a wide median income gap between those who filed individual returns and those who filed jointly, often with two or more incomes. The latter was $73,378, a 3.4 percent increase from 2012. Marin also had the highest median income for joint returns, $133,389, and Imperial the lowest at $39,653.

San Benito County came closest to the statewide median for individual returns at $35,726 and joint returns at $72,577.

In addition to Marin, two other Bay Area counties had joint return median incomes above $100,000, San Mateo at $115,651 and Santa Clara at $115,013. The lowest-income counties, in addition to Imperial, were clustered in the Central Valley.

Call The Bee’s Dan Walters, (916) 321-1195. Back columns, sacbee.com/walters. Follow him on Twitter @WaltersBee.

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