This tool calculates how much tax somebody with your salary might have paid historically, based on the tax brackets of their time.
Since the data is adjusted for inflation, the historical amounts are not the actual amounts but instead a proportional representation.
For example, if you're making $50,000 a year, a proportional salary in 1920 would have been $4,335. Taxes are calculated on that equivalent using the rates of 1920 and then converted back into today's dollars.
Note: this tool only considers federal income tax and ignores local, payroll, capital gains, and other types of taxes, as well as deductions and other intricacies of the tax code. Since inflation data is not yet available for 2013, rates appear marginally lower.
Once the new chart is generated, hover on the points to see the taxes for each year.
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