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How Tax Brackets Work
11-02-2017, 07:40 PM,
How Tax Brackets Work
How Tax Brackets Work

<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfsConfusedeeAlso" resource="//"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="//" width="480" height="251" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Where is the dirty and complicated nature of the swamp more apparent than in filing taxes? It’s why accountants can make millions simply by understanding the complex rules of taxes.</p>

<p>Here is a friendly reminder about one aspect of taxes that’s crucial to understand when discussing tax reform:</p>

<p><a href="">Your first dollar is taxed at a different rate than your 50,000th dollar, and that dollar is taxed at a different rate than your 100,000th dollar.</a> For example, the current tax rate for an unmarried person earning $100,000 is technically “28 percent.” This does not mean that this person pays 28 percent of taxes on $100,000. This person would pay 15 percent - the rate of the first bracket - on every dollar up until $37,650, when the next bracket begins. Their 37,651st dollar up until their 91,150th dollar is taxed at 25 percent rate - the rate of the second bracket. Finally, their 91,151st dollar, until their 100,000th dollar is taxed at their “technical” tax rate of 28 percent.</p>

<p>Many people already understand this, but I've heard both pundits and politicians fall into this mental jumble.</p>

<p>Think of it this way: Say you make $100, and the tax brackets are 10% for $0-$75, and 20% on $75-$100.
You do not owe 15% of $100, or $15. Instead, you would owe 10% of $75 ($7.50), and 15% of the other $25 ($3.75).
So, in total, you’d owe $11.25, effectively 11.25% of your total income. Not 15%.</p>

<p>This is a simple but important feature of the progressive tax system and has been since its inception. It's designed so that people will not lose more money than they earn when they move to a higher tax bracket.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We might as well take the time to understand the ins and outs of this part of the tax code.</p>

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