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Income Tax Calculator to Estimate Your Yearly Tax Bill or Credit

Use our tax calculator to see how much you will need to pay or how much you will owe on your US taxes this year.

Age 0-16

Age 17 above


(W-2 box 1)

(W-2 box 2)

(W-2 box 17)

(W-2 box 19)



e.g rentals, real-estate and royalties

e.g unemployment pay(1099-G), retirement pay (1099-R)


Person 2 - Wife Earned Income

(W-2 box 1)

(W-2 box 2)

(W-2 box 17)

(W-2 box 19)

Deduction and Credits

Max $25,00/Person

Max $3,000/Person, $6,000 total , age 13 or younger

Student 1

Student 2

Student 3

Student 4

Total Income
Total Deductions
Total Exemptions
Taxable Income
Regular Taxes
Alternative Minimum Tax
Alternative Minimum Tax
All Tax Credits
Total Tax with credits
Marginal Tax Rate
Tax Pre payment
Estimated Refund

Income Tax Calculator to Estimate Your Yearly Tax Refund or Bill

Use this tax calculator to figure out how much you will receive back or how much you will pay on your U.S. taxes. The calculator is easy to use, whether you pay taxes for yourself, are married, widowed, or have dependents.

The steps below will guide you through how to calculate your tax bill or credit.

How to Use the Income Tax Calculator

Most of the fields on the income tax calculator are numbers that you can estimate or that you pull off your employer tax documents, bank statements (such as for investments or interest), charity receipts (for donations), or other tax receipts.


File Status

Input whether you are filing for yourself (single), or if you are married choose where you want to calculate your taxes on your own or with your spouse. You can also choose head-of-household or if you are a widow/widower.



Input the number of dependants you have between the ages of 0 and 16 (young dependants) and 17 or above (other dependants).


Tax year

Choose the year for which you want to calculate your tax refund or bill.

Tax Calculator Income Fields

In these fields, you will input the amount of income you received in the year from various sources.

Wages, Tips, and Compensation:

This is employment or the amount of money you made from working. You can find it on your W-2 form in box 1.

Federal Income Tax Withheld:

This is money that you have already paid toward your Federal income taxes throughout the year. It is usually automatically deducted from your paychecks. It is on form W-2 box 2.

State Income Tax Withheld:

This is money that has already been paid toward your state taxes. It is on form W-2 box 17.

Local Income Tax Withheld:

If you pay other taxes, you can find this in W-2 box 19.

Ordinary DIvidends:

These are the dividends you receive from stocks that pay dividends, but you may be able to claim them as qualified in select circumstances. See Qualified Dividends below.

Interest Income:

This is the interest payments you received for keeping your money in money market funds, savings accounts, or certificates of deposits.

Qualified Dividends:

Qualified dividends are taxed at a more favorable rate and the stock must be held for at least 60 days (90 days for preferred shares).

Passive Income:

This is a catch-all field for other forms of income you receive, such as rental income on a property or royalties.

Short-Term Capital Gains:

These are gains or losses on investments that you sold (closed the position) that you held for less than one year.

Long-Term Capital Gains:

There are returns on investments that you have sold (closed the position) that you held for more than one year.

Other Income:

If you received unemployment benefits or retirement pay during the year, put it in this field.

State and Local Tax Rate:

Input your state tax rate here, as tax rates vary by location.

Business or Self-Employment Income:

Choose yes or no depending on whether you have business or self-employment income. This could be in addition to Wages, Tips, & Compensation, or in place of it if you only have self/business income

  • If you choose yes, you will receive several additional boxes that you can fill in. These include your business income, taxes paid, and Medicare wages. Fill these in with business or self-employment amounts.

Income Tax Deductions and Credits

Here is where you get to input your costs or itemized deductions throughout the year which may reduce your tax bill or increase how much money you get back as a tax refund.

  • IRA Contributions: Input how much you paid on real estate tax throughout the year.
  • Real Estate Tax: Input how much money you put into your IRA during the year. Don’t include contributions to a Roth IRA.
  • Mortgage Interest: Input how much money you paid on mortgage interest throughout the year.
  • Charitable Donations: Add up your charitable contribution receipts to charities throughout the year.
  • Student Loan Interest: If you paid interest on student loans, input the total amount of interest paid in the year here.
  • Child & Dependant Care Expense: If you had to pay for childcare, daycare, or home care for your dependents, input your yearly cost here.
  • College Education Expense: Depending on how many students/children you have, you can input their education costs here.
  • Other Deductibles:If you have any other deductions, input them here.

Click Calculate to see the results of your income tax debit or credit.

Income Tax Calculator Results

Here you will find an estimate of what your tax refund or tax bill will be based on the data you provided.

Total Income:

This is all the sources of income provided, added up. This is how much revenue you generated in the year.

Total Deductions:

This is all your deductions added up. This reduces your Total Income.

Total Exemptions:

If you qualify for any tax exemptions (which are similar to deductions) you will see the amount here.

Taxable Income:

This is Total Income less deductions and exemptions. This is the amount you are taxed on.

Regular Taxes:

This is the amount of tax owed on income.

Alternative Minimum Tax:

If you need to pay an alternative minimum tax because you are a high-income individual, you will see the amount you owe here.

All Tax Credits:

Based on dependents and other factors, this field shows your tax credits.

Total Tax With Credits:

This is Regular Taxes less Tax Credits.

Marginal Tax Rate:

Based on your income, this is your Federal tax rate used to calculate your refund or amount owing.

Tax Prepayment:

This is how much you paid throughout the year to the IRS. The IRS will credit the amount toward the taxes you owe.

Estimated Refund.

This tallies up what your estimated tax refund or tax liability is based on your income, deductions, credits, tax rate, and tax payments already made throughout the year.

Income Tax - Married Couples Filing Jointly

If you want to see what you and your spouse will pay, you can select Married Filing Jointly in the very first drop-down. This will make it a joint return. You also have the option to file separate returns.

This will change the form somewhat because it will add in the income sources for a second person. All the other fields are the same, except you will fill in income information (see the Income section above) for the spouse as well.

In the deductions section, include all deductions from both spouses.

The results will provide the estimated tax bill or refund for both partners, combined.

Income Tax Calculator Summary

Use the income tax calculator to estimate your yearly tax refund or the amount owing. Understand that state tax rules may vary, and thus this should be viewed as an estimate of your taxes, and not an exact amount. There may be additional tax credits you qualify for.

If in doubt, consult with a local tax accountant if you have a complex financial situation, or if you want to maximize your tax deductions and thus your refund.

Also, see our Effective Interest Rate Calculator to find out your real interest rate on that loan or investment. Or use our Finance Calculator to find out the present or future value of a lump sum of money.