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A tax bracket is the range of income for which a certain tax rate applies. The United States has a progressive tax system, which means that the tax rate increases as your income increases. This is in contrast to a flat tax system, which would charge the same tax rate regardless of your income.

The current tax brackets in the United States are as follows:

* 10% for taxable income up to $9,875
* 12% for taxable income from $9,876 to $40,125
* 22% for taxable income from $40,126 to $85,525
* 24% for taxable income from $85,526 to $163,300
* 32% for taxable income from $163,301 to $207,350
* 35% for taxable income from $207,351 to $518,400
* 37% for taxable income over $518,400

The amount of tax you owe is calculated by multiplying your taxable income by the tax rate for your income bracket. For example, if you have a taxable income of $50,000, you would owe $5,000 in taxes (50,000 x 10%).

It is important to note that the tax brackets are marginal, which means that only the income in each bracket is taxed at the corresponding rate. For example, if you have a taxable income of $100,000, only the $51,841 in income in the $518,401 to $1,060,000 bracket would be taxed at 37%. The rest of your income would be taxed at the lower rates.

Tax brackets can change from year to year, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest rates. You can find the current tax brackets on the IRS website.

Tax brackets can have a significant impact on your tax bill, so it is important to understand how they work. If you are unsure of your tax situation, you should consult with a tax professional.

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