2019 Tax Brackets – What’s Your Bracket This Upcoming Tax Season?
The tax reform changes made by the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) affect your upcoming 2019 tax return, including rates and brackets.
One thing is the same — U.S. taxes are still based on a “progressive” system, which means your tax rate increases as your taxable income amount does.
Taxable income is the basis for using the tax brackets below. It is generally calculated as gross income, less any adjustments, less either the sum of itemized deductions or the standard deduction, whichever amount is larger.
A Summary of Tax Tables for 2019
Here are the numbers for the tax year 2019 that you’ll use for the return you’ll file in 2020.
Similar to previous years, there are still seven tax rates, broken down by filing status. The top tax rate is now 37%, while in prior years it was 39.6%. The other marginal rates are: 10%, 12%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%.
|Rate||For Unmarried Individuals, Taxable Income||For Married Individuals Filing Joint Returns, Taxable Income||For Heads of Households, Taxable Income|
2018 Tax Brackets
To compare the old with the new, view the 2018 tax table below. For additional context, read on and we’ll give you an outline of the new tax brackets and what you need to know.
Can You Get Into a Different Tax Bracket?
Simply put, yes.
Your marginal tax rate is associated with your taxable income (not salary or gross income) and there are strategies to reduce your marginal tax rate. Here are a few potential tax deductions and exclusions that may reduce your marginal tax rate. Most of these must be in place by the end of the year. If you missed doing this in 2019, consider taking one or more of these actions in future years:
- Contributing to a retirement savings account or deductible IRA
- Offsetting capital gains with losses
- Paying student loan interest
- Itemizing deductions if they’re more than your standard deduction
- Paying alimony
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