Australian Personal Tax Rates Explained
Australian Marginal Tax Rates Explained
In Australia, more income tax is paid for every dollar you earn, after your allowable tax deductions.
For example, Joe calculates that he earns $100,000 and has $20,000 in tax deductions. Joe's "taxable income" is $80,000 ($100,000 - $20,000). Joe's friend Barney earns $50,000 after deductions. Joe will pay more tax for each dollar he earns.
If you earn less than $18,000 you won't be liable for income tax.
But if you earn you $50,000 you'll pay 32.5 cents of tax for every extra dollar you earn.
If you earn $100,000 you'll pay 37 cents of tax for every extra dollar.
And if you earn over $180,000, you'll pay 45 cents of tax for every extra dollar.
The maximum rate of income tax (45%) applies to anyone earning more than $180,000 each year.
In addition to income taxes, two other common types of tax that most Australians pay each year include the Medicare Levy and Capital Gains Tax on investments.
What else do I need to know?
Marginal Tax Rates are constantly changing, so it's important to keep an eye on the latest changes from one tax year to the next or speak to a qualified tax agent.
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