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The Biggest Changes to Your 2020 Taxes

November 14, 2019

The IRS tweaked tax brackets and standard deductions.

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The only thing people hate may hate more than paying taxes is keeping up with changes to tax laws.

And as it turns out, the IRS has just released the inflation adjustments to existing tax brackets for 2020, along with other tweaks to next year’s taxes. These changes follow the sweeping changes to tax laws in 2018 and will apply to the income you earn in 2020.

So you’ll need to know this breakdown for filing time in 2021. Read on to find out more.

What changed?

Like last year, there are seven tax brackets, and the tax rate, or the percentage at which income in these brackets is taxed, also remains the same. However, the income levels for each bracket have changed slightly, to adjust for increases to the cost of living. The standard deduction has also gone up for both single filers and married people who file jointly. The standard deduction is the flat deduction amount you get if you don’t itemize your taxes.

Whether you’re filing individually or jointly, you can see which bracket applies to you below:

2020 Federal Income Tax Rates, Unmarried Individuals

up to $9,87510%
Over $9,875 to $40,12512%
Over $40,125 to $85,52522%
Over $85,525 to $163,30024%
Over $163,000 to $207,35032%
Over $207,350 to $518,40035%
Over $518,40037%
*Source: IRS

2020 Federal Income Tax Rates, Married Filing Jointly

Up to $19,75010%
Over $19,750 to $80,25012%
Over $80,250 to $171,05022%
Over $171,050 to $326,60024%
Over $326,600 to $414,70032%
Over $414,700 to $622,05035%
Over $622,05037%
*Source IRS

(You can find how the 2020 tax rates compare to those for 2019 here.)

What else has changed?

How do I figure out my tax bracket?

Remember, though, that while you’ll pay more taxes as your income increases, you don’t pay the full tax amount on your income based on your bracket. For example, if your adjusted gross income (the income you claim after deductions) is $50,000 annually and you’re filing individually, your income would be taxed as follows:

Whether you file your own taxes or outsource the job to a tax professional, it’s important to stay informed as tax laws change so you know what’s happening to your hard-earned money.

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By Claire Grant
Claire is a content writer for Stash.

This material has been distributed for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended as tax advice. Consult with your tax professional.

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