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Official 2011 US Income Tax Brackets (IRS Tax Rates)

Posted By Jim On 01/10/2011 @ 9:02 am In Taxes | 390 Comments

With every new year comes a little tweaking of income taxes and this year is no different. Three weeks ago, we didn’t what was going to happen to our tax rates since Congress had yet to act on the expiring Bush era tax cuts. With the clock winding down, they opted to extend them by two years and so the only change you’ll see is an adjustment for inflation.

These tax brackets are for the tax year 2011, here are the current tax brackets [3].

This year we’ll be presenting them a little differently. Some readers are here just to find out their marginal tax rate and others want to find out how much in taxes they’ll be paying. So this year you’ll see a listing of all the marginal tax rates first, followed by a breakdown of taxes due (without accounting for deductions and other adjustments).

2011 IRS Tax Brackets

Here are the 2011 tax tables, which make it easy to find which marginal tax bracket you are in:

Tax Bracket Single Married Filing Jointly Head of Household
10% Bracket $0 – $8,500 $0 – $17,000 $0 – $12,150
15% Bracket $8,500 – $34,500 $17,000 – $69,000 $12,150 – $46,250
25% Bracket $34,500 – $83,600 $69,000 – $139,350 $46,250 – $119,400
28% Bracket $83,600 – $174,400 $139,350 – $212,300 $119,400 – $193,350
33% Bracket $174,400 – $379,150 $212,300 – $379,150 $193,350 – $379,150
35% Bracket $379,150+ $379,150+ $379,150+

Tax Preparation Packages

Remember that these are brackets after you take into account deductions, credits, and the thousand other “little things” the IRS has cleverly hidden in their enormous codified tax law. Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive tax preparation packages out there, many of which are free to low income earners, to help you along. Here are just a few:

Tax Preparation Packages

Company Package Price Notes


Intuit [4]
TurboTax Deluxe $49.95

Free for 1040EZ &low income, Deluxe imports last year’s return, full Form 1040 filing. Free e-file.

More [4]



2nd Story Software [5]
TurboAct Deluxe $9.95

Free for 1040EZ & low income, Deluxe + State for $17.95, Deluxe includes all IRS forms. Free e-file.

More [5]



H & R Block [6]
Deluxe $49.95

Free for 1040EZ & low income, Deluxe for homeowners & investors, Free e-file.

More [6]



Petz Enterprises [7]
TurboBrain Deluxe $39.95

1040EZ for $14.95, 1040 Deluxe for $39.95, Tax Expert available at $129.95.

More [7]


Taxes Due

If you are trying to calculate your taxes due, these tables may be more helpful. Remember that taxes are due on your adjusted income after accounting for deductions and other adjustments.

Single Filers

These tables are for single filers who are not surviving spouses or heads of household:

Taxable Income Tax
$0 – $8,500 10% of taxable income
$8,500 – $34,500 $850 plus 15% of excess over $8,500
$34,500 – $83,600 $4,750 plus 25% of excess over $34,500
$83,600 – $174,400 $17,025 plus 28% of excess over $83,600
$174,400 – $379,150 $42,449 plus 33% of excess over $174,400
$379,150+ $110,016.50 plus 35% of excess over $379,150

Married & Surviving Spouses

These tables are for married filing jointly or surviving spouses:

Taxable Income Tax
$0 – $17,000 10% of taxable income
$17,000 – $69,000 $1,700 plus 15% of excess over $17,000
$69,000 – $139,350 $9,500 plus 25% of excess over $69,000
$139,350 – $212,300 $27,087.50 plus 28% of excess over $139,350
$212,300 – $379,150 $47,513.50 plus 33% of excess over $212,300
$379,150+ $102,574 plus 35% of excess over $379,150

Head of Household

These tax tables are for those considered Heads of Household:

Taxable Income Tax
$0 – $12,150 10% of taxable income
$12,150 – $46,250 $1,215 plus 15% of excess over $12,150
$46,250 – $119,400 $6,330 plus 25% of excess over $46,250
$119,400 – $193,350 $24,617.50 plus 28% of excess over $119,400
$193,350 – $379,150 $45,323.50 plus 33% of excess over $193,350
$379,150+ $106,637.50 plus 35% of excess over $379,150

Married Filing Separately

These are tax tables for those filing as Married Filing Separately:

Taxable Income Tax
$0 – $8,500 10% of taxable income
$8,500 – $34,500 $850 plus 15% of excess over $8,500
$34,500 – $69,675 $4,750 plus 25% of excess over $34,500
$69,675 – $106,150 $13,543.75 plus 28% of excess over $69,675
$106,150 – $189,575 $23,756.75 plus 33% of excess over $106,150
$189,575+ $51,287 plus 35% of excess over $189,575

With the passage of the Bush era tax cut extension [8], these brackets aren’t much different than the 2010 tax brackets [9] after an adjustment for inflation.

If you want to learn more, you can check out the always fun to read IRS Revenue Procedure 2011-12 [10]. And lastly, if you’re curious when are taxes due [11] this year? April 17th, 2012.

(Photo: kozumel [12])


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[4] Intuit: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/turbotax-2011-review.html

[5] 2nd Story Software: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/taxact-review.html

[6] H & R Block: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/hr-block-home-review.html

[7] Petz Enterprises: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/taxbrain-review.html

[8] Bush era tax cut extension: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/details-bush-tax-cut-extension.html

[9] 2010 tax brackets: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/2010-income-tax-brackets.html

[10] IRS Revenue Procedure 2011-12: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-11-12.pdf

[11] when are taxes due: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/taxes-due-april-17-2012.html

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