Effective Marginal Tax Rates for Low- and Moderate-Income Workers in 2016


In 2016, low- and moderate-income workers will face an effective marginal tax rate of 31 percent, on average. Federal individual income and payroll taxes will be the main contributors.

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Corrections and Updates

On February 25, 2016, CBO posted additional supplemental material showing hypothetical examples of the relationship between earnings and after-tax income for married and single taxpayers and an updated version of Figure 1 in the report reflecting recently announced poverty guidelines.