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2012 State Income Tax Rate Schedules Adjusted

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Sacramento –The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today released the 2012 state tax brackets. Brackets are “indexed” each year by adjusting them to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Filing requirement thresholds, the standard deduction, and certain credits were adjusted along with income tax brackets based on the inflation rate of 1.9 percent, as measured by the California CPI for all urban consumers from June 2011 to June 2012. Last year California had an inflation rate that measured 2.7 percent.

Below are some of the changes to various items:


2012 Amounts

2011 Amounts

Standard deduction for single or married filing separate taxpayers



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



Personal exemption credit amount for single, separate, and head of household taxpayers



Personal exemption credit amount for joint filers or surviving spouses



Dependent exemption credit



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

$36,337 or less

$35,659 or less

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

$72,674 or less

$71,318 or less

In addition, FTB provides minimum filing requirement thresholds to ensure that most people who will not owe taxes are not required to file a state tax return. FTB adjusts these tables each year to include the added senior exemption and the dependent exemption credits. 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 $12,352 or more compared to last year’s threshold of $12,122 or more.

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

More information about the 2012 tax rates and exemptions is available at FTB’s website

Editor’s note: Please contact us for more details about the 2012 tax rate schedules and other amounts if you need them immediately.

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