Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/tax brackets


I made 71,000 last year and my husband made 62,400. We both claimed 0 dependents. Why is the government taking a larger percentage of taxes out of my paycheck? We approximated 17%  out and 11% from his taxes. We fall into the 15% tax bracket so it seems like they are taking out the incorrect percentage from both of us. Can you help us figure this out?


Thanks for your question. If you try to make sense of the withholding tables, you'll probably go crazy.

However, the short answer is that each of you are withheld based on your income. You make more, so a higher percentage is withheld from you. Another factor might be that you specified withholding at the single rate on your W-4.

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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