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Here Are The Differences Between Marginal vs. Effective Tax Rates

Taxpayers can determine their IRS debt depending on their annual income and tax bracket by using marginal and effective tax rates. The terms marginal tax rates and effective tax rates are frequently used during tax season and they sometimes can lead to confusion so when it comes to understanding an individual's tax situation, it's crucial to understand the distinctions between the two.


What Is An Effective Tax Rate?


Depending on their income and the deductions they claim, each person will have a different effective tax rate. Your tax liability for the year is more accurately represented by your effective tax rate. You can calculate it in the simplest manner by consulting your Form 1040. To determine your effective rate, all you have to do is divide your tax liability by your taxable income as it is shown on the form.


For example, a person who has an annual taxable income of $85,000 would tell you that their last dollar of revenue fell into the 22% tax bracket, according to their 2021 income tax bracket.


Let's say the taxpayer filed their Form 1040 and discovered they owed a total of $12,000 in taxes. They paid an effective rate of roughly 14% when you divide their entire tax by their total taxable income, which is far lower than the 22% that the greatest portion of their income falls into.


Marginal Tax Rates Explained


The United States uses a system of progressive marginal tax brackets where the income is taxed according to the bracket it falls into. The income tax rates can range anywhere from 10% - 37% which indicates that even though each taxpayer may pay a variety of different tax rates, they all pay the same rates on the same income tiers.


The tax brackets, or marginal tax rates, are 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%. Based on your filing status (single, married filing jointly, head of household) and annual income, you can find which tax bracket you are in. 2021 rates are shown in the table below.

As a result, until you reach the tax bracket for which your entire taxable income qualifies, you proceed through each tax bracket, paying the percentage of the amount of income that falls within each bracket. Your effective tax rate can end up being lower than your marginal tax rate as a result of this approach.


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