Top Marginal Effective Tax Rates by State and by Source of Income, 2012 Tax Law vs. 2013 Tax Law (as enacted in ATRA)
12 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2012 Last revised: 22 Apr 2013
Date Written: February 3, 2013
This paper compares state-by-state estimates of the top marginal effective tax rates (METRs) on wages, interest, dividends, capital gains, and business income for tax year 2012 to the rates enacted into law for 2013 by the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). Overall, the average top METR on wage income increased by approximately six percentage points (41.8 percent to 47.9 percent), while taxes on dividends and capital gains increased by an average of 9.4 percentage points. The top METRs on wages, interest, and partnership/sole proprietor income now exceed 50 percent in California, Hawaii, and New York City.
Keywords: tax, marginal effective tax rate, fiscal cliff
JEL Classification: E62
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