In American taxation, a table showing the tax due at a certain level of income and/or capital gain. A tax table may state a dollar amount, a percentage, or a combination in order to determine the tax liability of a taxpayer. For example, taxpayers may pay 25% of their income in taxes up to a certain amount, and 35% of everything earned over that amount. A tax table takes these and averages them so a taxpayer may have a convenient way to know how much he/she will pay in taxes for a given year. The IRS publishes a tax table every year to assist persons earning less than $100,000 per year to determine their tax liability. See also: Progressive taxation.
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The Tax Table is provided for taxpayers with taxable incomes of less than $100,000. Separate columns are provided for single taxpayers, married taxpayers filing jointly or qualifying widow(er)s, heads of household, and married taxpayers filing separately.
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