State Income Tax

New York Income Tax Brackets 2021

Residents of New York must pay income taxes. Most of the things that go into federal income taxes apply to New York State income taxes. New York has 8 tax brackets each with its own tax rate. For the 2021 tax season, the tax rates are between 4 to 8.82%. For single filers, up to $8,500 is subject to a 4% tax rate while it starts at $17,150 for joint filers.

Compared to the federal income tax brackets, expect to pay a little portion of your income in taxes. Keep in mind that New York doesn’t have dedicated tax brackets for those who are filing as head of household. However, the state offers a separate standard deduction that is higher than what single filers get but lower than joint filers.

Single, Married Filing Separately, and Head of Household

Taxable IncomeTax Rate
$0.00 – $8,5004%
$8,500 – $11,7004.5%
$11,700 – $13,9005.25%
$13,900 – $21,4005.9%
$21,400 – $80,6506.21%
$80,650 – $215,4006.49%
$215,400 – $1,077,5506.85%
$1,077,550+8.82%

Married Filing Jointly and Qualifying Widow(er)

Taxable IncomeTax Rate
$0.00 – $17,1504%
$17,150 – $23,6004.5%
$23,600 – $27,9005.25%
$27,900 – $43,0005.9%
$43,000 – $161,5506.09%
$161,550 – $323,2006.41%
$323,200 – $2,155,3506.85%
$2,155,350+8.82%

According to the 2021 tax brackets, a single filer will pay:

  • 4% of $8,500
  • 4.5% of income between $8,500 and$11,700 + $340
  • 5.25% of income between $11,700 and $13,900 + $484
  • 5.9% of income between $13,900 and $21,400 + $599.50
  • 6.21% of income between $21,400 and $80,650 + $1,042
  • 6.41% of income between $80,650 and $215,400 + $4,721
  • 6.85% of income between $215,400 – $1,077,550 + $13,466
  • 8.82% of income over $1,077,550 + $72,523

On the other hand, joint filers will pay:

  • 4% of $17,150
  • 4.5% of income between $17,150 – $23,600 + $686
  • 5.25% of income between $23,600 – $27,900 + $976
  • 5.9% of income between $27,900 – $43,000 + $1,202
  • 6.21% of income between $43,000 and $161,550 + $2,092
  • 6.41% of income between $161,550 and $323,200 + $9,312
  • 6.85% of income between $323,200 and $2,155,350 + $19,674
  • 8.82% of income over $2,155,350 + $145,176

To understand how tax brackets work for the better, think of them individually rather than seeing them as something like one that will take a certain portion of your income. The above list shows how much a taxpayer is going to pay in New York state income taxes. Having said that, seeing tax brackets as something you need to fill first in order to get to the tax rate that applies to your taxable income at maximum is a lot more accurate.

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