California Income Tax Calculator
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This includes freelancers and business owners

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Federal income tax


California state income tax


FICA tax


Self Employment tax


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Marginal and average tax rate

Average tax rate is the effective tax rate that you incur on your income. If your income is $100 with 20% average tax rate and 30% marginal tax rate, you pay $20 in taxes.

Average tax rate is the effective tax rate that you incur on your income. If your income marginal tax rate is the tax rate on the last dollar that you earned. If your income is $100 with 20% average tax rate and 30% marginal tax rate and if you get 1 dollar bonus, you pay 30% tax on that bonus.

Average tax rates measure tax burden, while marginal tax rates measure the impact of taxes on incentives to earn, save, invest, or spend.

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Summary section

  • If you make $ a year living in the region of California, USA, you will be taxed $. That means that your net pay will be $ per year, or $0 per month. Your average tax rate is undefined% and your marginal tax rate is undefined%.
  • This marginal tax rate means that your immediate additional income will be taxed at this rate. For instance, an increase of $100 in your salary will be taxed $36.13, hence, your net pay will only increase by $63.87.
How we calculate your income tax

Taxes for freelancers vs W-2 employee

The tax system in the US works on a pay-as-you-go basis, so the IRS collects income taxes throughout the year via payroll. Ideally, if you are a W-2 employee, you automatically get your taxes withheld by your employer. However, as a freelancer, taxes aren’t a cakewalk. They have to pay a bit extra in “self-employment tax” to contribute to Social Security and Medicare.

CPA advice for freelancers

If you’re a W-2 employee then most likely, your taxes are already being withheld for you by your employer and you typically get a tax refund. Freelancers, self-employed individuals, and business owners have to handle their own taxes including the quarterly estimated tax payments.

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FlyFin can help ease your burden.

With FlyFin you can stay on top of your taxes by paying your quarterly estimated obligations and tracking your business expenses. The A.I. calculates your taxes based on several inputs (your profession & income) and detects all possible deductions which ensures an accurate tax amount.

Tax burden for freelancers vs w2 employees

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Freelancers using FlyFin

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Freelancers using FlyFin

Income Taxes in California

Taxes vary greatly by state, and each state has its own tax rules and regulations. Taxes are an important factor in determining how much money you get to pocket on the income you earn. The tax rates in California range from 1.00% to 12.3%. Your tax bracket determines the rate you will pay on your taxable income. California’s tax brackets range from $10,099 for the 1% tax rate to $677,276 for the 12.3% tax rate. The brackets also depend on your filing status, like, if you are filing jointly or separately. The peach state is known for its relatively moderate property tax rates, and the sales tax rate is on the higher side at 4%.

Tax Facts

Different State Taxes

Tax Rates for California

State income tax

1.00% to 12.3%

Sales tax


Property tax


Gas tax (gasoline)


Gas tax (diesel)


Alcohol tax


Who files income taxes in California?

The amount of time you spend living in the state of California determines the type of resident category you fall into. You will need to file a California state income tax return if you meet at least one of the requirements: Full-time resident: You’re a legal resident and spent the year as a resident, even if you left for a short period of time Part-time resident: A portion of the tax year was spent as a resident Non-resident: You don’t live in the state but earn income from the state, such as lottery winnings or rent

Minimum taxes in California

Income tax rates are relatively high in California, and you’ll reach the highest tax bracket once your income reaches $10,099 for single filers and $20,198 for married filing jointly taxpayers. The tax rates do not apply to actual income, but the adjusted gross income or the income after all applicable deductions and exemptions have been subtracted.

Tax brackets for California

Tax brackets function under a progressive tax system. The more money you make, the higher your tax bracket. Your filing status – single, married filing separately (MFS), married filing jointly (MFJ) or head of household (HOH) – also impacts how your income is taxed and the threshold. The tax brackets for single filers are like this: In the salary range of $0 to $10,099, the tax rate is 1%, and the amount of tax due is equal to 1% of the taxable income. The tax due is $100.99 plus 2% of the amount over $10,099 for the income range of $10,100 to $23,942. The tax rate is 2% for this range of income. The tax due is $377.85 plus 4% of the sum over $23,942 in the income bracket of $23,943 to $37,788, where the tax rate is 4%. Taxes are due in the amount of $931.69 plus 6% of the amount over $37,788 for the salary range of $37,789 to $52,455. The tax rate for this range is 6%. The tax due is $1,811.71 plus 8% of the sum over $52,455 in the income bracket of $52,456 to $66,295. The tax rate for this range is 8%. The tax rate is 9.3% for the income range of $66,296 to $338,639, and the tax due is $2,918.91 plus 9.3% of the sum over $66,295 in this range. The tax due is $28,246.90 + 10.3% of the amount over $338,639 in the income bracket of $338,640 to $406,364. This bracket has a tax rate of 10.3%. The tax rate is 11.3% for the income range of $406,365 to $677,275, and the amount of tax due is $35,222.58 plus 11.3% of the sum over $406,364. The tax rate is 12.3% and the amount of tax due is $65,835.52 plus 12.3% of the sum over $677,275 for the income bracket of $677,276 or more.

Property taxes for California

Owning a property comes with the responsibility of paying property taxes. Property taxes cover costs related to local school districts, police, fire department, parks, sewage systems and the upkeep of roads. In California the average property tax rate is 0.75%, making it more affordable to own a property in the state.

Sales taxes in California

California charges a state-wise tax rate of 7.25%, which is relatively low. The district tax rates in California are between 0.10% and 1.00%. and the combined rate for state and local sales tax is an average of around 7.33%. Some districts in California have more than one sales tax in place.

Other taxes in California

There are a number of other taxes that a state can charge and Clifornia is no different. The state charges taxes on inheritance, tobacco, gasoline and alcohol. The taxes and tax rates vary by state.

Estate taxes in California

The state of California does not charge any tax for estate or inheritance taxes. It’s one of the 38 states that do not charge estate taxes on inheritance.

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