Income Tax Rates By State
By the time you reach this section, you might be curious to learn more about state income tax - specifically the tax rates that are prevalent within the United States. As you read the rest of the sections, you will realize that state income tax rates differ according to the state. In some of the states, income tax is virtually absent. These include Washington, Texas, Nevada, Florida, South Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming. Well, the authorities are not bestowing the citizens with good will. The sales tax forms a major revenue source in these states. Anyway, that is seven fewer states to worry about when it comes to income taxes!
A minor share of the population sustains themselves because they have access to a company's stock dividends and income earned via bank issued interest. Almost none of the state’s charge income tax for such sources of income. However, if you happen to reside in New Hampshire or Tennessee, the rules change. These are the only two states within the United States that charge income tax for dividends and interest amounts.
Oregon and Hawaii charge the highest state income tax rates. It is 11%. On the other hand, Illinois has the minimum state income tax rate of 3%. The rest of the 34 states has a system where there is an increase in the tax rate with the rise in the taxable base amount. In the economic community, this is termed as the progressive tax. Earlier, I had mentioned about the absence of income tax rates in seven states. Did you wonder about what happens to all the corporate establishments located in these states? Well, here is the good news (bad news for the CEOs though) - state corporate income taxes still prevail over here.
Certain states enforce flat rate income taxes. Unlike the earlier mentioned progressive tax (where the average tax amount can increase according to the income levels), flat tax rates are a blessing. Over here, the average tax rate is preset. Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Utah have flat rate income taxes. There are 4.63%, 3.4%, 5.3%, 4.35%, 3.07% and 5%. It may be surprising to learn that some of the states (such as Rhode Island and New Jersey) did not even have state income taxes until the late 70s.
The official IRS sources happen to be one of the most frequented databases if you wish to learn more about the so-called six tax brackets. The marginal tax rate varies and is generally dependent on various factors, which includes the marital status of the taxpayer. Aspects such as the gross income levels of the individual, business deductions (for corporate houses) and personal deductions determine the average taxable income.
The niche is highly intricate and is far above the understanding of the commoners. We have already stated that you must contact someone who has ample experience in the paradigm of tax calculation such as a tax attorney. Online tax calculators may turn out to be helpful, especially for the beginners.