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).

Tax Brackets 2013 Married Filing Jointly and SingleTax Brackets 2013 Married Filing Sep & Head of Houshold

The tax brackets for 2014 tax season don’t vary much from last year’s tax table, except for “high income” earners. That means if you haven’t had any significant changes to your income, your W-4 form, etc., then you’ll probably receive the same tax refund as before.

Do You Know Your Tax Filing Status?

Looking at the tax tables above, you must first know your 2014 tax filing status. This status determines what federal tax bracket you fall into. Not to mention, your filing status determines the calculations for personal exemptions, standard deductions and the deduction phase out incomes.


  • If you are unmarried, divorced, or legally separated you will file under the single status.

Married Filing Jointly

  • If you are married, you and your spouse can file a joint return. Filing a joint federal return does not mean you have to file a joint state return.
  • If your spouse died over the tax year, you can still file a joint return.
  • If you are married and do not wish to file with your spouse, you can file under “Married Filing Separately”

Married Filing Separately

  • If you fit into the previous category, you have the option to file separate returns and can file as the status “Married filing separately”

Head of Household

  • If you are unmarried and pay for more than half of the costs for keeping up a home.
  • The home needs to be the main home for both you the filer and one relative who qualify.
  • If you are married but did not live with your spouse at any point during the last six months of the year, you can file as “Head of household” if you have at least one child dependent living with you while you provide more than half of the home costs.

Regardless of your filing status, RapidTax is here to help you file your taxes. Although IRS e-file doesn’t begin until January 31, 2014, starting on January 1st, RapidTax will have the 2013 online application available. That means you can create an account and get a head start on your 2013 tax return.

23 Replies to “What’s My Filing Status and Tax Rates For 2014 Tax Season?”

  1. Just Got married Oct 16,2015 Should i file married this up coming tax season married or Single , then the next year married ??

    1. Hi Rosalie,

      Congratulations on the wedding!

      When it comes to taxes, if you are married on or before the last day of the year (December 31st), then you are considered married for the entire year for tax purposes. That being said, you must file your tax return with a married filing status. I also advise you to update your W-4 form as soon as possible since this will also have an effect on your refund/tax due amount.

  2. My ex and I have lived apart since 3/2014, but our divorce won’t be final until 2/2015. How do I file my taxes for 2014: married filing separate, head of household…? We will each claim a child so that isn’t an issue, but I think he will owe on his taxes. Will I be responsible for half of what he owes still?

    1. Hi Tegan,

      You are able to file a joint return since you are still married. However, so that you are not responsible for owing based on his income, I suggest choosing married filing separately.

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