Investor Glossary-income taxInvestor Glossary-income taxInvestor Glossary-income taxInvestor Glossary-income taxInsightful stock market charts - Click here
investor
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Income Tax

The HTML to link to this page
 

Income tax is tax levied against personal income or a business entity's net profits. In the United States, the Federal government, most of the 50 states, and some municipalities, such as New York City, levy income tax on individuals. The US federal government first levied an income tax in 1861, to pay for the American Civil War. The US income tax system has become notoriously complex over the years, and the top income tax rate has varied by an extraordinary amount. In the twentieth century, the income tax rate stood at 1% in 1913, rose to 77% during World War I, was lowered to 25% afterwards, then raised again during the Great Depression and World War II, at which point the top income tax rate reached a high of 91%. Income tax in the US is considered a progressive tax, meaning that higher earners pay at a higher rate than lower earners.



Rate this income tax definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day


Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.


Popular Terms: in escrow, irrevocable trust, FICO score, labor relations, required rate of return, current ratio, debt service coverage, margin rate, risk management, retained earnings, covered put, 1035 exchange, average price per share, phantom income, 144a, Key Rate Duration, implied volatility, quality assurance, cancelled check, reverse mortgage, stock market close, limit order, inflation, liquidity ratio, diluted share, command economy, option premium, EBITDA, ex-dividend, minority interest, FTSE, annual return, 401a, LIBOR, balance sheet, wholly-owned subsidiary, per diem, ex-dividend date, Zero Cost Collar, deferred revenue, stock split, 1031 exchange, VIX, real GDP, deferred tax, class C shares, open position, dividends payable, APR


Home | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
Investor Glossary Index >>> # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
©2004-2014 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use