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State of California Franchise Tax Board

2014 California Tax Rates and Exemptions

The rate of inflation in California, for the period from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, was 2.2%. The 2014 personal income tax brackets are indexed by this amount.

Corporate tax rates

Entity type Tax rate
Corporations other than banks and financials 8.84%
Banks and financials 10.84%
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) rate 6.65%
S corporation rate 1.5%
S corporation bank and financial rate 3.5%

Individual tax rates

  • The maximum rate for individuals is 12.3%
  • The AMT rate for individuals is 7%
  • The Mental Health Services Tax Rate is 1% for taxable income in excess of $1,000,000.

Exemption credits

Filing Status/Qualification Exemption amount
Married/Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $216
Single, married/RDP filing separately, or head of household $108
Dependent $333
Blind $108
Age 65 or older $108

Phaseout of exemption credits

Higher-income taxpayers' exemption credits are reduced as follows:

Filing status Reduce each credit by: For each: Federal AGI exceeds:
Single $6 $2,500 $176,413
Married/RDP filing separately $6 $1,250 $176,413
Head of household $6 $2,500 $264,623
Married/RDP filing jointly $12 $2,500 $352,830
Qualifying widow(er) $12 $2,500 $352,830

When applying the phaseout amount, apply the $6/$12 amount to each exemption credit, but do not reduce the credit below zero. If a personal exemption credit is less than the phaseout amount, do not apply the excess against a dependent exemption credit.

Standard deductions

The standard deduction amounts for:

Filing status Deduction amount
Single or married/RDP filing separately $3,992
Married/RDP filing jointly, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) $7,984
The minimum standard deduction for dependents $1,000

Reduction in itemized deductions

Itemized deductions must be reduced by the lesser of 6% of the excess of the taxpayer's federal AGI over the threshold amount or 80% of the amount of itemized deductions otherwise allowed for the taxable year.

Filing status AGI threshold
Single or married/RDP filing separately $176,413
Head of household $264,623
Married/RDP filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $352,830

Nonrefundable Renter's credit

This nonrefundable, non-carryover credit for renters is available for:

  • Single or married/RDP filing separately with a California AGI of $37,768 or less.
    • The credit is $60.
  • Married/RDP filing jointly, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with a California AGI of $75,536 or less.
    • The credit is $120.

Miscellaneous credits

  • Qualified senior head of household credit
    • 2% of California taxable income
    • Maximum California AGI of $69,005
    • Maximum credit of $1,300
  • Joint custody head of household credit/dependent parent credit
    • 30% of net tax
    • Maximum credit of $425

AMT exemption

Filing status Amount
Married/RDP filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $86,502
Single or head of household $64,878
Married/RDP filing separately, estates, or trusts $43,250

AMT exemption phaseout

Filing status Amount
Married/RDP filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $324,384
Single or head of household $243,288
Married/RDP filing separately, estates, or trusts $162,191

FTB cost recovery fees

Fee type Fee
Bank and corporation filing enforcement fee $96
Bank and corporation collection fee $310
Personal income tax filing enforcement fee $76
Personal income tax collection fee $194

The personal income tax fees apply to individuals and partnerships, as well as limited liability companies that are classified as partnerships. The bank and corporation fees apply to banks and corporations, as well as limited liability companies that are classified as corporations. Interest does not accrue on these cost recovery fees.

2014 California Tax Rate Schedules

Schedule X — Single or married/RDP filing separately

If the taxable income is
Over But not over Tax is Of amount over
$0 $7,749 $0.00 plus 1.00% $0
$7,749 $18,371 $77.49 plus 2.00% $7,749
$18,371 $28,995 $289.93 plus 4.00% $18,371
$28,995 $40,250 $714.89 plus 6.00% $28,995
$40,250 $50,869 $1,390.19 plus 8.00% $40,250
$50,869 $259,844 $2,239.71 plus 9.30% $50,869
$259,844 $311,812 $21,674.39 plus 10.30% $259,844
$311,812 $519,687 $27,027.09 plus 11.30% $311,812
$519,687 AND OVER $50,516.97 plus 12.30% $519,687

Schedule Y — Married/RDP filing jointly, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child

If the taxable income is
Over But not over Tax is Of amount over
$0 $15,498 $0.00 plus 1.00% $0
$15,498 $36,742 $154.98 plus 2.00% $15,498
$36,742 $57,990 $579.86 plus 4.00% $36,742
$57,990 $80,500 $1,429.78 plus 6.00% $57,990
$80,500 $101,738 $2,780.38 plus 8.00% $80,500
$101,738 $519,688 $4,479.42 plus 9.30% $101,738
$519,688 $623,624 $43,348.77 plus 10.30% $519,688
$623,624 $1,039,374 $54,054.18 plus 11.30% $623,624
$1,039,374 AND OVER $101,033.93 plus 12.30% $1,039,374

Schedule Z — Head of household

If the taxable income is
Over But not over Tax is Of amount over
$0 $15,508 $0.00 plus 1.00% $0
$15,508 $36,743 $155.08 plus 2.00% $15,508
$36,743 $47,366 $579.78 plus 4.00% $36,743
$47,366 $58,621 $1,004.70 plus 6.00% $47,366
$58,621 $69,242 $1,680.00 plus 8.00% $58,621
$69,242 $353,387 $2,529.68 plus 9.30% $69,242
$353,387 $424,065 $28,955.17 plus 10.30% $353,387
$424,065 $706,774 $36,235.00 plus 11.30% $424,065
$706,774 AND OVER $68,181.12 plus 12.30% $706,774

Individual Filing Requirements

If your gross income or adjusted gross income is more than the amount shown in the chart below for your filing status, age, and number of dependents, then you have a filing requirement.

Filing Status Age as of December 31, 2014* California Gross Income California Adjusted Gross Income
Dependents Dependents
0 1 2 or more 0 1 2 or more
Single or head of household Under 65 $16,047 $27,147 $35,472 $12,838 $23,938 $32,263
65 or older $21,447 $29,772 $36,432 $18,238 $26,563 $33,223
Married/RDP filing jointly or separately Under 65 (both spouses/RDPs) $32,097 $43,197 $51,522 $25,678 $36,778 $45,103
65 or older (one spouse) $37,497 $45,822 $52,482 $31,078 $39,403 $46,063
65 or older
(both spouses/RDPs)
$42,897 $51,222 $57,882 $36,478 $44,803 $51,463
Qualifying widow(er) Under 65 N/A $27,147 $35,472 N/A $23,938 $32,263
65 or older N/A $29,772 $36,432 N/A $26,563 $33,223
Dependent of another person (Any filing status) Under 65 More than your standard deduction
65 or older More than your standard deduction

* If you turn 65 on January 1, 2015, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2014.

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