How Do You Look up Tax Brackets on an IRS Chart?


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The IRS chart used to look up your tax bracket is called a tax table. To access the tax table for Form 1040, go to IRS.gov, and click on Tax Table under the heading identified as Forms & Pubs.

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In order to use the IRS tax table to determine your tax, you first must know your taxable income. Determine this by completing Form 1040, then find your taxable income on the IRS tax table for Form 1040, explains IRS.gov. The tax table breaks income into subgroups of $1,000 increments. Read across the line of your taxable income to the appropriate filing status: single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, or head of household. Under the appropriate heading, find your tax.

For instance, if your taxable income was $95,000 in 2014, and your filing status was single, your tax was $19,783, according to the IRS charts. If your taxable income was $95,000 and you were instead filing as head of household, your tax was $18,169.

If your income is $100,000 or greater, you must use the tax computation worksheet found at the end of the tax table to figure your tax, explains the IRS. If you are filing Form 1040EZ, which is for taxpayers who are single or married with no dependents and have a taxable income of less than $100,000, as of 2015, you must use the tax table found at the end of the Instructions for Form 1040EZ, according to IRS.gov.

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