You may know your tax bracket—but that’s not really what you pay. In fact, the average American pays about 11% of income in federal income taxes. But that average hides a great deal of variation: Some pay nothing, and others pay more than 30%.1
What determines what percentage you will pay? A lot of it is based on how much you make, but you can affect your tax bill by knowing the rules, managing how you generate income, choosing what accounts you invest in, and taking advantage of potential deductions. This series of Viewpoints can help.