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What Is a Federal Income Tax Bracket?

Marginal Tax Rates

As of 2010, the income levels are taxed at 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent respectively. Each filing status; single, married filing separately, married filing jointly and head of household; has unique income levels that are subject to the tax rates. For each individual (or business), only the income above each tax bracket but below the next bracket is taxed at the specified rate within that bracket.

Single Filers

For single persons for the 2010 tax year, income is taxed at:



10 percent up to $8,375

15 percent of incomes between $16,751 and $34,000

25 percent between $34,001 and $82,400

28 percent between $82,401 and $171,850

33 percent between $171,851 and $373,650

35 percent of all additional income above $373,650

Married Filing Separately

For the 2010 tax year, the rates for married persons filing separately are:



10 percent up to $8,375

15 percent between $8,376 and $34,000

25 percent between $34,001 and $68,650

28 percent between $68,651 and $104,625

33 percent between $104,625 and $186,825

35 percent above $186,825

Married Filing Jointly

The 2010 Tax Rates for married individuals filing jointly are:



10 percent up to $16,750

15 percent between $16,751 and $68,000

25 percent between $68,001 and $137,300

28 percent between $137,300 and $209,250

33 percent between $209,250 and $373,650

35 percent above $373,650

Head of Household

For 2010, the tax rates for Head of Household filings are:



10 percent up to $11,950

15 percent of incomes between $11,951 and $45,550

25 percent between $45,551 and $117,650

28 percent between $117,651 and $119,550

33 percent between $119,551 and $373,650

35 percent of all additional income above $373,650

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