FISCAL FACT No. 486: 2016 Tax Brackets (PDF)

What is a Tax Bracket?

Taxation is an important aspect of your income. Tax brackets are the different rates of taxes which are levied on the different income levels of an individual. Every year IRS adjusts more than 40 Tax provisions for inflation. IRS carries this action by preventing the “Bracket Creep”. When inflation occurs the value of income increases and the person might creep into higher tax bracket without the increase in his income.

How IRS decide the range of tax bracket

IRS uses the information related to CPI (Consumer Price Index) to calculate the inflation of last year. This information is then used to adjust income, deduction amount and credit value of the present year.

Estimated Income Tax Brackets and Rates

The following are the Tax Brackets details for single filers, married filers and head of Household filers.


Rate Single Filers Married Joint Filers Head of Household Filers
10% $0 to $9,275 $0 to $18,550 $0 to $13,250
15% $9,275 to $37,650 $18,550 to $75,300 $13,250 to $50,400
25% $37,650 to $91,150 $75,300 to $151,900 $50,400 to $130,150
28% $91,150 to $190,150 $151,900 to $231,450 $130,150 to $210,800
33% $190,150 to $413,350 $231,450 to $413,350 $210,800 to $413,350
35% $413,350 to $415,050 $413,350 to $466,950 $413,350 to $441,000
39.6% $415,050+ $466,950+ $441,000+


The above information helps the tax payers to calculate the income they have, and decide in which tax bracket the lie. Tax payers should be aware of this information so that they can file the tax accordingly.

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