Guide to Tax Brackets, Income Tax Rates and How They Affect Us

Guide to Tax Brackets, Income Tax Rates and How They Affect Us

December 18, 2022 0 By Maria

Why You Shouldn’t Care About Your Taxes

Taxes are an inevitable part of life as a citizen. Taxes are taxes, and it doesn’t matter if you’re American or not. It’s important to know how to deal with them, and there’s no better way to do that than by knowing the basics of what they are.

We’ll start off with the basics – what taxes are and why we pay them. Taxes are money that you give back to your country for all the services it provides, like education, roads, and healthcare. You owe taxes on anything you make over a certain amount in a year; this is called your income tax bracket.

This article will provide some tips on how to best handle your taxes so that you owe less next year!

 

What is the Difference between U.S. Tax Brackets and Tax Rates?

The U.S. has a progressive income tax system, meaning that the more you earn, the higher your tax rate will be. The U.S. has seven different tax rates, which are 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35% and 39.6%. While these numbers might seem like a lot, it is important to know that they are not all taxed at the same level or percentage of income earned by an individual or family.

Tax brackets determine how much an individual earns before they start paying taxes on that amount of money with a specific tax rate. For example, if you earn between $0 and $9,525 in taxable income during the year then you would be taxed at 10%. If you make between $9,526 and $38,700 then your tax bracket would be 15%. and so on. The amount you owe in tax is the amount of your taxable income minus any exemptions, deductions, or other tax breaks that apply to you as an individual.

Example: $0 is the beginning of your taxable income range and $38,700 would be the end of it. If you earn $38,700 during a year then you would pay 15% taxes on that amount ($7,600).

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What are the Current US Income Tax Brackets?

The US federal income tax brackets are progressive and range from 10% to 37%. The brackets are adjusted for inflation annually.

The following table includes the current US income tax brackets, total taxable income ranges, and the corresponding marginal rates:

10% bracket: $0-$9,275 (single) or $0-$18,550 (married filing jointly) 12% bracket: $9,276-$37,650 (single) or $18,551-$75,900 (married filing jointly) 22% bracket: $37,651-$91,150 (single) or $75,901-$153,100 (married filing jointly) 24% bracket: $91.151-191.150 (single) or $153.101-233.350 (married filing jointly) 32% bracket: $191.151-416.700 (single) or 233.351-416.700(married filing jointly )

35% bracket: $416.701-426.850 (single) or 416.701-466.950 (married filing jointly) 39.6% bracket: $426.851-470,700 (single) or 466.951-470,700 (married filing jointly) 39.6% bracket: $470,701+ (single) or 470,701+(married filing jointly).

For taxpayers who are age 65 or older at the end of the year, their retirement income is excluded from taxable income. This means that their income cannot be more than $3,800 (single) or $6,000 (married filing jointly). A new rule for individuals with high incomes was enacted in 2013. The top 400 highest earning taxpayers will have to pay a tax rate of 40%. These are people that made over $400,000 in 2011 and 2012. For example , the 2012 median income in the United States is $50,000. So, someone with a 2011-2012 income of $400,000 would be considered a high taxpayer. This change will affect individuals with incomes over $400,000 for both years. For example, someone who makes a combined 2010-2011 income of $500,000 would be considered a high taxpayer and is required to pay income tax at 40% in 2013 because their combined 2011-2012 income exceeded 400% of the federal poverty level.However, since their combined 2010-2011 income was under 400% of the federal poverty level, they would not be considered a high taxpayer and therefore would not pay income tax in the year of 2013.

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How to Know Which US Federal Tax Bracket Am I In?

It is important to know which federal tax bracket you are in because it will determine how much money you owe the government.

The federal tax brackets are progressive, meaning the higher your income, the more taxes you pay. The brackets are different for each filing status and depend on your age.

If you are a US citizen, then you will be taxed on your federal income. The US Federal Tax Brackets for 2018 are:

10% for income up to $9,525

12% for income from $9,526 to $38,700

22% for income from $38,701 to $82,500

24% for income from $82,501 to $157,500 32% for income from 157.501-200.000 35% for all other taxable incomes over 200k The progressive nature of the tax brackets is not a coincidence. The United States tax code is designed to have progressive rates. This allows for the wealthy to pay more in taxes while still providing benefits that they need, and prevents the government from becoming an oppressive force.

What Does It All Mean For You As A Business Owner And A Citizen?

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