Marriage Tax Penalty Spreadsheet Update – Republicans improve the economics of getting married!

We’ve updated our original Marriage Tax Penalty Spreadsheet using the new brackets from the Republican Tax Plan. Having done the original in a spreadsheet, all we had to do was copy the whole sheet over, and then adjust the numbers in columns A to C according to the new tax brackets, and update the data table. Easiest post ever!

Somewhat surprisingly, the new Republican tax brackets are quite beneficial for higher income married working couples, as it mostly eliminates the marriage tax penalty for those earning less than $600k combined (previously they kicked in when both people were making around $75-100k). The married brackets now are just generally double the individual brackets, except for a kink around the $500k-600k range. Continue reading “Marriage Tax Penalty Spreadsheet Update – Republicans improve the economics of getting married!”

Will you pay more or less under the Trump Tax Plan?

After nearly a year and a half after the candidates first declared their intention to run for the Presidency, we have now elected a new President. Trump’s Presidency was a surprise to many, and with Republicans in control of both the House and Senate along with the Presidency, major changes could be possible.

One of those changes could be taxes, where Trump has proposed a tax system with three tax brackets of 12%, 25% and 33% and an increase in the standard deduction to $30k for joint filers, while also eliminating exemptions for dependents. We wondered: roughly how would taxes change for any given level of income, filling status, and number of family members? This is a problem spreadsheets are well suited to solve! Continue reading “Will you pay more or less under the Trump Tax Plan?”

Will you pay more or less taxes when you get married?

Summer and Fall are generally regarded as “Wedding season,” a time when love and celebration are in the air. December, on the other hand, could be regarded as “Should we get legally married for tax reasons before the end of the year” season, a slightly less romantic affair. Continue reading “Will you pay more or less taxes when you get married?”

How to Estimate Taxes with Spreadsheets

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The tax code is complex: figuring out just how much we owe Uncle Sam is frequently accompanied with a huge headache. So just how neat would it be if we had an easy way to estimate how much federal taxes we owe?

By the end of this post, you will 1) understand how our federal tax schedule works, and 2) be on your way to creating a tax estimator spreadsheet. Continue reading “How to Estimate Taxes with Spreadsheets”