What’s My Filing Status and Tax Rates For 2014 Tax Season?

Your 2013 Tax Rates are dependent on your Filing Status.

The IRS announced that the 2014 tax season (the season you file your 2013 taxes in) will begin on January 31, 2014. That means there’s a small delay to the opening of the 2014 tax season.

Before filing your taxes in 2014, you should refresh your memory on the 2013 tax rates. Your tax rate will be dependent on what filing status category you fall into and help you get an idea of what your tax refund or tax liability will look like when filing your taxes.

Do You Know Your Tax Rates?

The two tables below will help you see the IRS tax rates for 2013 (the taxes you’ll be filing in 2014). Click on the tax tables to see a larger view (you can even right click and save them to refer back to). Continue reading “What’s My Filing Status and Tax Rates For 2014 Tax Season?”

Does California Really Have the Highest State Tax Rates?

California state tax rates stand as one of the highest tax rates in the US.

California is the state that has always ended up on movie screens. The Golden State offers just about everything; beaches, mountains and great weather. Who wouldn’t want to live there? The answer is not rhetorical. Anyone who hates paying high taxes wouldn’t want to live in California. California is in fact known as the third worst state for taxes.

In all of the United States, the west coast state of CA has the highest state sales tax and some of the highest income tax rates. If you live in California, before filing your taxes, it would be helpful to learn about the California tax rates.

California Income Tax Rates

California’s personal income tax system is composed of  ten brackets. The state actually ranks as the highest income tax rate among states who levy an individual income tax and seventh highest income taxes among all US states. Continue reading “Does California Really Have the Highest State Tax Rates?”

What is the Tax Rate for Short Term Capital Gains?

2014 Short Term Capital Gains are taxed as “ordinary” income

As of 2013, individuals earning an income of $450,0001 and over saw an increase in the capital gains tax rate. For this group, long term capital gains tax rate jumped from 15% to 20% while the short term 2013 capital gains tax rates increased by 4.6%.

Check out part one of this article, to learn about long term capital gains. Keep reading for more on short term capital gains and how they relate to filing your taxes. 

2014 Tax Return Coupon

What are short term capital gains?

A Capital gain is a profit made from selling any asset when the sale price exceeds the purchase price.

The capital gains clock begins the day after you acquire the asset until the day you sell it (this includes day you sell it). Depending on how long the capital gain is held for will determine if it falls into the short-term category or long-term.

Continue reading “What is the Tax Rate for Short Term Capital Gains?”