Average Tax Rates for Married Couples with One Income: 2009

The second in series of infographics I am designing to illustrate the average federal tax rate applied to different salaries. This time I am graphing the average tax rates for a married couple filing a joint tax return. I am assuming one income so the main change from the tax rate for singles is the amount of the standard deduction, 2 exemptions and the change to the income tax schedule. (Again, this graphic does not include any payroll taxes paid by the employer.)

If you take a look at your W-2 form you can see that there are 3 different taxes applied to salaries and wages:

The income tax graph is created from the 2009 tax schedule for a couple filing jointly or qualifying widow(er):

which you can find from the IRS Tax Tables here while the information about the social security and medicare tax can be found here.

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