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Last updated on Aug 24 2021

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California state income tax

Being the most populous US state, California state has a population of over 39 million (2019) and is an economic powerhouse, larger than all but eight countries. The state is known for plenty of American icons. The median household income is $71,805 (2017).

Brief summary:

  • the income tax rate ranges from 1% to 13.3%
  • no local income tax
  • subject to State Disability Insurance (SDI)
  • has standard deductions and exemptions
  • has Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)
California United States

California fiscal year starts from July 01 the year before to June 30 the current year. So the fiscal year 2021 will start from July 01 2020 to June 30 2021.

Calculating your California state income tax is similar to the steps we listed on our Federal paycheck calculator:

  1. figure out your filing status
  2. work out your adjusted gross income [Total annual income – Adjustments = Adjusted gross income]
  3. calculate your taxable income [Adjusted gross income – (Post-tax deductions + Exemptions) = Taxable income]
  4. understand your tax liability [Taxable income × Tax rate = Tax liability]
  5. determine whether your tax liability is more than your tax credits and withheld
    • Tax liability – (Credits + Withheld) = What you owe or
    • (Credits + Withheld) – Tax liability = Tax refunds

State payroll tax

Fiscal year Tax name Percent of taxable wage Up to taxable wage
2021 State Disability Insurance (SDI) 1.2% $128,298
2020 State Disability Insurance (SDI) 1% $122,909

Income tax brackets

Each filer type has different progressive tax rates. Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Fiscal year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$0 – $8,932 1.00%
$8,932 – $21,175 2.00%
$21,175 – $33,421 4.00%
$33,421 – $46,394 6.00%
$46,394 – $58,634 8.00%
$58,634 – $299,508 9.30%
$299,508 – $359,407 10.30%
$359,407 – $599,012 11.30%
$599,012 – $1,000,000 12.30%
$1,000,000 and over 13.30%
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $0 – $17,864 1.00%
$17,864 – $42,350 2.00%
$42,350 – $66,842 4.00%
$66,842 – $92,788 6.00%
$92,788 – $117,268 8.00%
$117,268 – $599,016 9.30%
$599,016 – $718,814 10.30%
$718,814 – $1,000,000 11.30%
$1,000,000 – $1,198,024 12.30%
$1,198,024 and over 13.30%
Head of Household $0 – $17,864 1.00%
$17,864 – $42,353 2.00%
$42,353 – $54,597 4.00%
$54,597 – $67,569 6.00%
$67,569 – $79,812 8.00%
$79,812 – $407,329 9.30%
$407,329 – $488,796 10.30%
$488,796 – $814,658 11.30%
$814,658 – $1,000,000 12.30%
$1,000,000 and over 13.30%
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$0 – $8,809 1.00%
$8,809 – $20,883 2.00%
$20,883 – $32,960 4.00%
$32,960 – $45,753 6.00%
$45,753 – $57,824 8.00%
$57,824 – $295,373 9.30%
$295,373 – $354,445 10.30%
$354,445 – $590,742 11.30%
$590,742 – $999,999 12.30%
$1,000,000 and over 13.30%
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $0 – $17,618 1.00%
$17,618 – $41,766 2.00%
$41,766 – $65,920 4.00%
$65,920 – $91,506 6.00%
$91,506 – $115,648 8.00%
$115,648 – $590,746 9.30%
$590,746 – $708,890 10.30%
$708,890 – $1,181,484 11.30%
$1,181,484 – $1,999,999 12.30%
$2,000,000 and over 13.30%
Head of Household $0 – $17,629 1.00%
$17,629 – $41,768 2.00%
$41,768 – $53,843 4.00%
$53,843 – $66,636 6.00%
$66,636 – $78,710 8.00%
$78,710 – $401,705 9.30%
$401,705 – $482,047 10.30%
$482,047 – $803,410 11.30%
$803,410 – $999,999 12.30%
$1,000,000 and over 13.30%

Deductions

Fiscal year Filing status Standard deduction amount
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$4,601
Married, Filing Jointly $9,202
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$4,537
Married, Filing Jointly $9,074

Exemptions

There is state-level exemptions for all type of filers and dependents. Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Fiscal year Filing status Personal exemption amount Comment
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$124 As tax credit
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $248 As tax credit
Dependent(s) $383 As tax credit
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$122 As tax credit
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $244 As tax credit
Dependent(s) $378 As tax credit

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Fiscal year No. of child Maximum credit amount Percentage of Federal EITC Maximum income
2021
2020
0 $243 85% $30,000
1 $1,626
2 $2,691
3 or more $3,027

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Fiscal year Filing status Amount per dependent Refundable Comment
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$337 per child No phase-out begins at $172,615
Married, Filing Jointly phase-out begins at $345,235
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$326 per child No phase-out begins at $172,615
Married, Filing Jointly phase-out begins at $345,235

FAQs

What taxes do Californians pay?

The state-level income tax for California ranges from 1% to 13.3%. There is a payroll tax of 1.2% for taxable wage up to $128,298.

How much do you make after taxes in California?

A single filer with an annual paycheck of $72,000 will take home $53,527.75 after taxes.
A married couple earning $144,000 per annual will get $107,318.33 after taxes.