Do you know your effective tax rate? Federal income tax is calculated using a progressive tax structure, meaning that your effective tax rate is lower than your income tax bracket. Why? As this calculator shows, even if taxable income "puts" you in a particular income tax bracket, overall you benefit from being taxed at the lower brackets first.
You may experience an increase in your 2013 federal taxes going forward due to a number of new provisions including personal exemption phaseouts, limits to itemized deductions, the 3.8% Medicare tax on net investment income*, and the creation of new tax brackets (39.6%).
* The 3.8% Medicare tax will apply to the lesser of your net investment income or the amount of adjusted gross income in excess of the applicable threshold. Net investment income includes interest, dividends, royalties, annuity distributions (not tax-deferred accumulation), rents, income from passive business activities, income from trading in financial instruments or commodities, and gains from assets held for investment like stock and other securities.
The calculator assumes all Qualified plan/IRA contribution values are either pre-tax or deductible contributions. Calculation does not adjust for the greater of itemized vs. standard deductions.
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