2016 State Income Tax Schedules Adjusted for Inflation

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Sacramento - The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today published the 2016 state tax brackets, which are annually adjusted for inflation.

Brackets are “indexed” each year to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid for consumer goods and services.

Tax filing requirement thresholds, the standard deduction, and certain credits were adjusted along with income tax brackets based on the inflation rate of 2.1 percent, as measured by the California CPI for all urban consumers from June 2015 to June 2016. Last year, California had an inflation rate of 1.3 percent.

Below are some of the changes:

Description 2016 Amounts 2015 Amounts

Standard deduction for single or married-filing-separate taxpayers



Standard deduction for joint, surviving spouse, or head-of-household taxpayers



Personal exemption credit for single, separate, or head-of-household taxpayers



Personal exemption credit for joint filers or surviving spouses



Dependent exemption credit



Renter’s Credit available for single filers with adjusted gross incomes of…

$39,062 or less

$38,259 or less

Renter’s Credit available for joint filers with adjusted gross incomes of…

$78,125 or less

$76,518 or less

FTB also updated the minimum filing used to determine whether or not taxpayers must file a state tax return. For example, most single people under 65 years old with no dependents would not need to file a tax return until they have adjusted gross income of $13,278 or more in 2016. However, these individuals should still file if they are due a refund or may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Other tax credits affected by indexing include the Joint Custody Head of Household Credit, Dependent Parent Credit, and Qualified Senior Head of Household Credit.

The complete 2016 tax rates and exemptions are available on FTB’s website ftb.ca.gov

Editor’s note: Please contact us for more details about the 2016 tax rate schedules and other amounts if you need them immediately.

FTB administers two of California's major tax programs: the Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other nontax programs and delinquent debt collections, including vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles and court–ordered debt. Each year, FTB’s tax programs collect more than 70 percent of the state’s General Fund. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit taxes.ca.gov.

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