Tax Year 2017 California Income Tax Brackets (TY 2017 – 2018)

California – Single Tax Brackets

Tax Bracket Tax Rate
$0.00+1%
$8,015.00+2%
$19,001.00+4%
$29,989.00+6%
$41,629.00+8%
$52,612.00+9.30%
$268,750.00+ 10.3%
$322,499.00+ 11.3%
$537,498.00+ 12.3%
$1,000,000.00+ 13.3%

California – Married Filing Jointly Tax Brackets

Tax BracketTax Rate
$0.00+1%
$16,030.00+2%
$38,002.00+4%
$59,978.00+6%
$83,258.00+8%
$105,224.00+9.30%
$537,500.00+ 10.3%
$644,998.00+ 11.3%
$1,000,000.00+ 12.3%
$1,074,996.00+ 13.3%

Tax brackets and tax rates are ever-changing as the cost of living increases over time. California is no exception to the rule, as its tax brackets were previously updated back in 2015, while the tax rates witnessed an even earlier update in 2013. These rates are no constants though, as they are bound to inflate and are modified on a yearly basis to, as mentioned above, reflect the modifications that the cost of living is witnessing over time.

Understanding California Tax Bracket

california tax bracketsIn California, taxation is governed by ten marginal tax brackets, for which the marginal rates include 1%, 2%, 4%, 6%, 8%, 9.30%, 10.30%, 11.30%, 12.30%,and 13.30%. Each of these marginal rates is only applicable to earnings within the corresponding tax bracket.

Furthermore, tax brackets depend on the filing type, which means that married couples, for example, who file their income tax return jointly, will generally have broader tax brackets compared to those filing their tax return individually.

Understanding tax brackets may seem tricky, but it’s quite simple: you need to pay every California marginal tax rate starting from the lowest bracket to the highest tax bracket in which your last buck was earned. You don’t have one “tax bracket,” you have as many as your earnings go. Although for comparison sake, your California tax bracket is defined as the tax bracket in which you earned your last dollar in any tax period.

Understanding California Bracketed Income

Simply put, bracketed income tax is a flat amount that you have to pay for all your earnings to the highest bracket, along with a marginal percentage of any earnings that exceed the highest bracket. All of that is broken down in the chart below:

 

For earnings between $0.00 and $8,015.00, you’ll pay 1%
For earnings between $8,015.00 and $19,001.00, you’ll pay 2% plus $80.15
For earnings between $19,001.00 and $29,989.00, you’ll pay 4% plus $299.87
For earnings between $29,989.00 and $41,629.00, you’ll pay 6% plus $739.39
For earnings between $41,629.00 and $52,612.00, you’ll pay 8% plus $1,437.79
For earnings between $52,612.00 and $268,750.00, you’ll pay 9.3% plus $2,316.43
For earnings between $268,750.00 and $322,499.00, you’ll pay 10.3% plus $22,417.26
For earnings between $322,499.00 and $537,498.00, you’ll pay 11.3% plus $27,953.41
For earnings between $537,498.00 and $1,000,000.00, you’ll pay 12.3% plus $52,248.30
For earnings over $1,000,000.00, you’ll pay 13.3% plus $109,136.04
For earnings between $0.00 and $16,030.00, you’ll pay 1%
For earnings between $16,030.00 and $38,002.00, you’ll pay 2% plus $160.30
For earnings between $38,002.00 and $59,978.00, you’ll pay 4% plus $599.74
For earnings between $59,978.00 and $83,258.00, you’ll pay 6% plus $1,478.78
For earnings between $83,258.00 and $105,224.00, you’ll pay 8% plus $2,875.58
For earnings between $105,224.00 and $537,500.00, you’ll pay 9.3% plus $4,632.86
For earnings between $537,500.00 and $644,998.00, you’ll pay 10.3% plus $44,834.53
For earnings between $644,998.00 and $1,000,000.00, you’ll pay 11.3% plus $55,906.82
For earnings between $1,000,000.00 and $1,074,996.00, you’ll pay 12.3% plus $96,022.05
For earnings over $1,074,996.00, you’ll pay 13.3% plus $105,246.56

California Tax Deductions

Another essential feature of the California income tax that you need to understand is deductions, mainly the California Standard Deduction, the California Personal Exemption, and the California Dependent Deduction. These deductions are the most commonly encountered by taxpayers in this state, and their values for the tax year 2016 are the following:

Standard Deduction (S)Standard Deduction (M)Personal Exemption*Dependent Exemption*
$4,236.00$8,472.00$114.00$353.00

 

*California is different from other states in that it treats personal exemptions state tax exemptions as tax credits – which means that instead of deducting an amount from taxable income, the exemptions reduce your actual tax liability after it has been calculated.

 

Breakdown of California Tax Deductions

California Standard Deduction: This is the default deduction available to every taxpayer should they fail to file an itemized deduction. The values of this deduction are:

  • $4,236.00 of tax-free income per year for single taxpayers.
  • $8,472.00 of tax-free income per year for taxpayers filing jointly.

California Personal Exemption: This deduction is supported by the California income tax, and it is available for every taxpayer responsible for their own living expenses.

California Dependent Deduction: In addition to the California Personal Exemption, for each qualifying dependent under your wing, such as a child or a family member, for whom you support the living expenses, you can get an additional dependent exemption. These deductions aren’t specific to California, as the Federal Income Tax also has a standard deduction, personal exemptions, and dependent deductions, which are applicable in all states nationwide. Keep in mind that their amounts and rules may differ from those of California.

Disclaimer:

While we do our best to keep this list of California income tax rates up to date and complete, we cannot be held liable for errors or omissions. Is info on this page missing or out-of-date? Please let us know so we can fix it!

Please note:

Our California tax brackets are currently from the tax year 2016 (filed in April 2017). Many states adjust their tax brackets yearly, and we will update the StateName tax brackets for 2017 / 2018 as soon as they become available.