8.2.4 Tax brackets and rates

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Once you have identified what your income is, you need to know what percentage you'll pay as income tax. People with a lower income pay a lower tax rate than people with a higher income. This is known as a graduated income tax system. 

Federal income tax

Your income falls into one of four income tax brackets (or segments). The tax bracket is based on your taxable income—that is, your total income minus allowable deductions and exemptions, as discussed in the section titled Reducing your taxes.

Each bracket pays a different rate of tax, as the table below shows:

Federal income tax
2021 Federal income tax brackets* 2021 Federal income tax rates

$49,020 or less

15%

$49,020 to $98,040

20.5%

$98,040 to $151,978

26%

$151,978 to $216,511 29%

More than $216,511

33%

* These amounts are adjusted for inflation and other factors in each tax year.

Refer to Step 5 of Canada Revenue Agency Income Tax and Benefit Return for Non-Residents and Deemed Residents of Canada. How would your income fit the calculations?

Step B - Federal tax on taxable income. See description in Federal income tax table above.

 

Example: If your taxable income was $50,000 in 2021, you would calculate your federal tax as follows:

  • Pay 15% on the amount up to $49,020, or $7,353.00
  • Pay 20.5% on the amount between $49,020 to $98,040, or $200.90
  • Total federal tax payable: $7,553.90.

This is how the calculation looks at Step 5 of Canada Revenue Agency fillable/saveable Income Tax and Benefit Return for Non-Residents and Deemed Residents of Canada.

Step B - Federal tax on taxable income form if your taxable income was $50,000. See description above.

 

On $50,000 taxable income, the average federal tax rate is 15.10 percent—that's your total income divided by the total tax you pay:

  • Average tax rate = Total taxes paid / Total taxable income

However, your marginal federal tax rate is 20.5 percent—that's the tax rate you pay on anything you earn beyond your current earnings. It applies until you make more than $98,040, when your marginal rate rises to 26 percent. The marginal federal tax rate is 26 percent until you make more than $151,978, when your marginal rate rises to 29%. After $216,511, your marginal rate is 33 percent.

Based on your own taxable income, what would your marginal federal tax rate be? Can you calculate your average federal tax rate?

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