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IRS Releases Tax Rate Tables 2020 – Part 1

It’s that time of the year when the IRS releases its annual inflation adjustments. These adjustments calculate tax projections for the upcoming year and give taxpayers an estimate of what is to come regarding tax returns.

They include tax rate schedules, tax tables, and cost of living adjustments. It is important to mention that these are not the numbers and tables that you will use to prepare your taxes for 2019, but the ones that you will use to prepare for your 2020 tax returns in 2021. 

If you are not expecting any major changes in the next year then you should take these tax considerations at full, but if you are planning on getting married or starting a family then you can adjust these projections to best fit your needs and have a more accurate estimate of your tax payments. 

You will find the seven different tax brackets featured in 2020 which are: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. You may also find a zero percent tax bracket, but that is a whole different story. 

For the average American who earns an income below ten thousand dollars (0-$9,875) the amount of tax that they will have to pay is 10%. This is in cases in which the taxpayer only works based on commission or has a part-time job. 

The most common tax bracket includes all taxpayers who earn anywhere from $9,876 to $40,125. The amount of tax that they will have to pay equals $987.50 plus 12% of the amount over $9,875. 

Next is for taxpayers who earn $40,126  to $85,525. In order to calculate how much you would have to pay in taxes, you must calculate $4,617.50 plus 22% of the amount over $40,125. Not that confusing or complicated if you think about it. 

You will see that the more money you earn the more you pay in taxes, that is how the fiscal system of the United States works and there is nothing you can do about it. If you earn anything from $85,526 to $163,300 you have to calculate $14,605.50 plus 24% of the amount over $85,525.

Moving up, if you are one of those fortunate Americans who earn the high volume income of $163,301 – $207,350 to figure out how much taxes you pay you will have to find the sum of $33,271.50 plus 32% of the amount over $163,300.

As you can tell the numbers continue to go up. Earning an income from $207,351 to $518,400 leads you to pay a total amount of taxes of $47,367.50 plus 35% of the amount over $207,350 US dollars. 

Finally, if you are a high earning income American the amount of taxes that you will have to pay is $156,235 plus 37% of the amount over $518,400. That is the highest amount of taxes that you will have to pay as an American. 

The numbers and the information that I gave you right now was only for individual taxpaying Americans. The situation is different for married individuals filing joint returns and surviving spouses. 

If the taxable income of you and your spouse is somewhere between zero and $19,750 you have to pay 10% on taxable income. When your earnings are $19,751 to $80,250 the amount that will be paid is $1,975 plus 12% of the amount over $19,750. 

Spouses earning $80,251 to $171,050 have to calculate $9,235 plus 22% of the amount over $80,250. An income of $171,051 to $326,600 will pay $29,211 plus 24% of the amount over $171,050. 

$326,601 to $414,700 has to figure out their taxes by adding up $66,543 plus 32% of the amount over $326,600. High earning couples who make anywhere from $414,701 to $622,050 have to pay $94,735 plus 35% of the amount over $414,700. 

For those high earning couples who make a combined amount of more than $622,051 the amount that they have to pay equals $167,307.50 plus 37% of the amount over $518,400. Hopefully, you are part of this tax bracket. 

There are many ways in which the amount of taxes that you have to pay may vary. A list of many factors to consider that may change how much you pay or in which tax bracket you fall under. 

Every taxpayer is in a very unique situation tax-wise, ad there are a ton of factors to consider before your accountant or you puts you in your corresponding tax bracket. Being 100% transparent is necessary for all matters involving taxes. 

After all, every taxpayer has the right to find ways to pay the least amount of taxes possible. This might sound a tad illicit, but you must remember that there is a sentence in a proper tax document that includes that very phrase.

If you need help with any topic involving your taxes and ways in which you may reduce the percentage that you pay please feel free to contact us. We will be your trusted guide in these matters.

I hope you’ve found this article on the tax rate tables of 2020 to be helpful. For more information, or for assistance in tax matters contact us at or call us at (619) 483-1708

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