How Much Can You Earn Per Year Before Tax?


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The average single adult in the United States working a normal full-time or part-time job can earn $10,150 per year before paying taxes, as of 2014. For a married couple filing jointly, that figure doubles to $20,300 as long as there are no children.

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The numbers can vary if the tax or income situation is more complicated. For example, someone who can file as head of household can make up to $13,050 before owing tax, while someone who is claimed as a dependent by his parents can only earn $6,200 before owing tax. In addition, those who are independent contractors or own their own business are liable to self-employment tax after the first $400 of income.

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