# United States (US) Tax Brackets Calculator

When you are looking at the federal tax brackets, you are able to determine which tax rate applies to you for the current tax season which allows you to go on and determine how much tax you will be paying based on your income. Each year, federal tax rates are changed meaning that each year, the tax you pay will most likely differ from the previous year.

Once you have entered the necessary information into our Federal Tax Brackets Calculator you will be provided with a full breakdown of how much tax you will be paying and the amount of tax that falls into each bracket. The more income you receive; the more tax you will be paying.

## Using Our Federal Tax Brackets Calculator

You can use our Federal Tax Brackets Calculator to determine how much tax you will pay for the current tax year, or to determine how much tax you have paid in previous tax years. To do so, all you need to do is:

- Select a Tax Year
- Select a Filing Status (either single or joint)
- Enter your income amount
- Click "Calculate"

In order for the country to continue functioning on a stable financial level, Congress passed a bill which ensures that the tax rates which were cut during the presidency of George Bush are sustained for the foreseeable future. The terms which this bill ensures are:

- The tax rate for couples (joint filing) earning under $450K will be preserved
- The tax rate for individuals (single filing) earning under $400K will be preserved

However, with that in mind there is a new tax rate which has been enlisted for those earning more than these amounts.

- For couples who are earning over $470.7K, their tax rate will be 39.6%
- For individuals who are earning over $418.4K, their tax rate will be 39.6%

As mentioned above, tax rates are adjusted on an annual basis in order to account for economic inflation and recession. Depending on the status of inflation and recession, with consideration to the previous tax year, the tax rates will either be adjusted a lot, or a little.

In order for the tax rates to be calculated accurately, the CPI-U (Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers) is used, allowing the government to make the necessary changes using official statistics. Depending on the changes made to tax rates, a change in the IRS tax liability may follow.

As of 2016, there are a total of seven tax brackets. The current tax rates (2017) consist of 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6%.

Updated January 2018: The new 2018 tax brackets are 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%.

Use our Salary Tax Calculator to get a full breakdown of your federal and state tax burden given your annual income and location – FREE 2017 Salary Tax Calculator