2021 Tax Fast Facts

Federal Income Tax Rates For 2021

Married Filing Jointly

Taxable Income Tax Rate
$0 to $19,900 10%
$19,901 to $81,050 12%
$81,051 to $172,750 22%
$172,751 to $329,850 24%
$329,851 to $418,850
32%
$418,851 to $628,300 35%
More than $628,300 37%

Single

Taxable Income Tax Rate
$0 to $9,950 10%
$9,951 to $40,525 12%
$40,526 to $86,375 22%
$86,376 to $164,925 24%
$164,926 to $209,425 32%
$209,426 to $523,600 35%
More than $523,600 37%

Capital Gain Tax Rates for 2021

Tax Bracket Short Term Asset Holding Period
10% 10%
12% 12%
22% 22%
24% 24%
32% 32%
35% 35%
37% 37%
 
Long Term Rate Married Filing Jointly* Single*
0% $0 to $80,800 $0 to $40,400
15% $80,801 to $501,600 $40,401 to $445,850
20% More than $501,600 More than $445,850
 

Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for 2021

  • Estate Tax Exempt Amount: $11.70 Million*
  • Gift Tax Exempt Amount: $11.70 Million*
  • Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amount: $15,000*

* Could increase due to inflation adjustment. Source: Internal Revenue Service

Traditional and Roth IRA Limits for 2021

The amount you can contribute to all of your Traditional and Roth IRAs combined is 100% of your taxable compensation1, up to a maximum of:

If you are under age 50 $6,000
If you are age 50 or older $7,000

1Exception for Married Filing Jointly: An employed spouse may contribute to a separate IRA on behalf of a spouse who has little or no income. The amount of the couple’s combined contributions can’t be more than the taxable compensation reported on their joint return. For more information, refer to Spousal IRA sections in IRS Publication 590-A.

Deductible Traditional IRA Phaseouts

Deductibility depends on MAGI and whether you or your spouse is covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan. You must figure your deduction and your spouse's deduction separately. The deduction for contributions to traditional IRAs phases out over the following MAGI levels:

Covered by employer plan and:

Filing Status AGI Level
Single $66,000-$76,000
Married filing jointly $105,000-$125,000

Not Covered by employer plan and:

Filing Status AGI Level
Single or married filing jointly with a spouse who also is not covered No Limit
Married filing jointly with a spouse who is covered $198,000-$208,000


There is no income limit for contributions to a non-deductible Traditional IRA.

Roth IRA Eligibility Phaseouts

Eligibility for Roth IRAs is phased out over the following MAGI levels:

Filing Status AGI Level
Single $125,000-$140,000
Married filing jointly $198,000-$208,000
Married filing separately $0-$10,000
 

Maximum Retirement Plan Contributions

The amount you can contribute to an employer-sponsored retirement plan generally is the lesser of 100% of your salary or:

Type of Plan Maximum Amount
401(k) and 403(b) $19,500
SIMPLE-IRA $13,500
401(k) and 403(b) Catch-up contributions3 $6,500
SIMPLE-IRA Catch-up contributions3 $3,000


3 Age 50 or older.

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