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2012 Tax Brackets for Married Couples Filing Separately
(Schedule Y-2)

These tax tables are designed for married individuals filing their 2012 income tax return separately, and represent significant changes from Tax Year 2011.

These tables are effective for income earned from January 1, 2012 through December 31, and do not take into account any credits, such as the standard deduction, mortgage deductions, etc.

 

 


Single

Joint Married

Married Filing Separate

Head of Household

Trusts

 

 

 
If Taxpayer's Income Is... Then Estimated Taxes Are...

Between

But Not Over

Base Tax

+ Rate

Of the Amount Over

$0
$8,700
$0
10%
$0
$8,700
$35,350
$870.00
15%
$8,700
$35,350
$71,350
$4,867.50
25%
$35,350
$71,350
$108,725
$13,867.50
28%
$71,350
$108,725
$194,175
$24,332.50
33%
$108,725
$194,175
- - - - -
$52,531.00
35%
$194,175

 

 

Example #1

Jay Joplin, a married taxpayer filing his own return, has 2012 TAXABLE INCOME of $120,000. Jay's income falls between:

Between

But Not Over

Base Tax

+ Rate

Of the Amount Over

$108,725
$194,175
$24,332.50
33%
$108,725

 

 

 

Jay Joplin's Estimated Taxes

  = Base Tax + (Rate x Amount Over)
  = $24,332.50 + [.33 x ($120,000 - $108,725)]
  = $24,332.50 + (.33 x $11,275.00)
  = $24,332.50 + $3,720.75
  = $28,053.25

Assuming he earned the same last year, Jay's tax bill dropped compared to last year (when he was using the 2011 income tax rate table for married filing separate taxpayers).

 

 


 

 

Example #2

Kay Kutcher, a married woman who is filing her return independently of her husband, has TAXABLE INCOME of $210,000. Her income falls between:

Between

But Not Over

Base Tax

+ Rate

Of the Amount Over

$194,175
- - - - -
$52,531.00
35%
$194,175

 

 

 

 

Kay Kutcher's Estimated Taxes

  = Base Tax + (Rate x Amount Over)
  = $52,531.00 + [.35 x ($210,000 - $194,175)]
  = $52,531.00 + (.35 x $15,825)
  = $52,531.00 + $5,538.75
  = $58,069.75

For 2012, Kay also experienced a lower tax bill, assuming that her taxable income remained the same. Her total tax dropped from last year's tax return (when she was using the 2011 income tax rate table for married filing separate taxpayers).

 

These sample equations do not reflect standard deductions, mortgage deductions, or any other credits that may decrease your estimated taxable income. Use only for 2012 income taxes. The names mentioned in these samples are fictitious and not based on any individual. For illustrative and planning purposes only. For more information, or to review the official tax tables, please download Instructions for Form 1040.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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