55k after tax in California | CA Tax Calculator 2021

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$ 55,000.00 Salary after tax example for California

The following Tax and Salary calculations can be found on this page:

  1. [ California Tax calculation]
  2. [ Pay day breakdown ]
  3. [ California Tax Witholdings Calculation ]
  4. [ Monthly Take home & Tax breakdown ]
  5. [ Federal Tax Calculation ]
  6. [ State Tax Calculation ]

This tax calculation, produced using the CAS Tax Calculator, for an individual earning $ 55,000.00 Per year is provided to illustrate the standard Federal Tax, State Tax, Social Security and Medicare paid during the year (assuming no changes to salary and circumstance) when filing a tax return in California.

The following tax calculation provides an overview of Federal and State Tax payments for an individual with no children and no special circumstances living in California. You can produce a bespoke calculation which includes your family situation, your (and their) personal circumstances using the California State Tax Form Calculator with 2021 Tax tables and 2021 Refundable and non-refundable tax credits.

Salary and Tax Illustration

Yearly Monthly 4 Weekly 2 Weekly Weekly Daily Hourly %
Gross Pay 55,000.004,583.334,230.772,115.381,057.69211.5426.44
-Tax Deferred Retirement0.
-Cafeteria/other pre-tax0.
-Student loan interest deduction0.
-Circumstance Exemptions12,550.001,045.83965.38482.69241.3548.276.03
Taxable Income 42,450.003,537.503,265.381,632.69816.35163.2720.41
-Federal Income Tax 5,087.50423.96391.35195.6797.8419.572.459.25%
-California State Income Tax 1,912.46159.37147.1173.5636.787.360.923.69%
-California State Disability Insurance (SDI) 505.9942.1738.9219.469.731.950.243.69%
-Adjusted Federal Income Tax 4,581.51381.79352.42176.2188.1117.622.208.33%
-Social Security3,410.00284.17262.31131.1565.5813.121.646.20%
-Medicare Tax797.5066.4661.3530.6715.343.070.381.45%
-Additional Medicare Tax0.
Take Home Pay43,286.553,607.213,329.731,664.87832.43166.4920.8178.70%

Tip: Social Security and Medicare are collectively known as FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act). Based on this calculation your FICA payments for 2021 are $4,207.50. You can see how your FICA is calculated including self-employed FICA deductions here.

California is used as the default State for for this combined Federal and State tax calculation, you can choose an alternate State using the 2021 State and Federal Tax calculator. This California tax example is therefore an example of a tax bill for a single resident of California with no children filing their tax return for the 2021 tax year.

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Federal and State Tax Balance (Withholdings Calculator)

The table below provides an indication of any outstanding tax which you may be liable for and/or any tax rebates due. Note: This tax rebate calculation is indicative only, whilst we aim to provide a 100% accurate tax calculation we DO NOT guarantee of the accuracy of the tax calculations herein.

Withholdings Calculated Tax Due Tax Rebate / Due 1
Federal Tax $0.00 $5,087.50 $5,087.50
State Tax $0.00 $2,030.46 $2,030.46
Medicare $0.00 $797.50 $797.50
Social Security $0.00 $3,410.00 $3,410.00

1 A negative figure indicates that you have overpaid tax and that you are due a tax rebate.

Monthly Salary breakdown for $55,000.00

In the tax overview above, we show the illustration for a monthly take home pay as a straight 1/12th of your annual income. Not all employers calculate income this way. Some employers calculate your monthly income and pay monthly Federal / State taxes by diving your total annual income by the number of days in a year, then multiplying that daily amount to provide a monthly salary that changes each month depending on how many days there are in the month (28,29,30 or 31).

If your employer calculates you monthly salary in this way, the below calculator illustrates the amounts you should expect to pay in Federal Tax, State Tax, Medicare, Social Security and so on. The Tax and Take home example below for an annual salary of $55,000.00 is basically like a line by line payslip example.

Month (2021 days in month)IncomeTax DeferredStudent loan interest deductionCafeteria / OtherExemptionsTaxable IncomeFederal taxState TaxSocial SecurityMedicareTake home
January (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39
February (28)$4,219.18$0.00$0.00$0.00$962.74$3,256.44$390.27$146.71$261.59$61.18$3,320.61
March (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39
April (30)$4,520.55$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,031.51$3,489.04$418.15$157.19$280.27$65.55$3,557.80
May (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39
June (30)$4,520.55$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,031.51$3,489.04$418.15$157.19$280.27$65.55$3,557.80
July (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39
August (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39
September (30)$4,520.55$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,031.51$3,489.04$418.15$157.19$280.27$65.55$3,557.80
October (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39
November (30)$4,520.55$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,031.51$3,489.04$418.15$157.19$280.27$65.55$3,557.80
December (31)$4,671.23$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,065.89$3,605.34$432.09$162.43$289.62$67.73$3,676.39

Example Tax Calculation for $ 55,000.00 with line by Line Calculations

Are you earning $ 55,000.00 per year in California? The tax calculation below shows exactly how much California State Tax, Federal Tax and Medicare you will pay when earning $ 55,000.00 per annum when living and paying your taxes in California. The $ 55,000.00 California tax example uses standard assumptions for the tax calculation. This tax example is therefore a flat example of your tax bill in California for the 2021 tax year.

In the following tables, we break down your tax return line by line to show how your tax is calculated including non-refundable tax deductions.

Your personal salary and tax calculations, see the table below for a full breakdown and analysis of your salary and tax commitments for 2021.

US Salary Tax Calculation for 2021 Tax Year based on annual salary of $55,000.00

California State Tax Calculation

Annual Income for 2021$55,000.00
MinusFederal Standard Deduction ($4,401.00)$50,599.00
California State Tax Tables
Tax RateThresholdTax Due in Band
1%$0.00 to $8,544.00$85.44
2%$8,544.00 to $20,255.00$234.22
4%$20,255.00 to $31,969.00$468.56
6%$31,969.00 to $44,377.00$744.48
8%$44,377.00 to $56,085.00$497.76
State Income Tax Total from all Rates $2,030.46
MinusPersonal Exemption Tax Credit for California ($118.00)$118.00
Total State Income Tax Due for California$1,912.46

Considerations in this California State tax calculation

California State Tax Calculation for State Disability Insurance (SDI)
Taxable income in California in 2021$50,599.00
California SDI tax rate in 2021x505.99%

California SDI tax in 2021=$1.00
Maximum California SDI tax in 2021$1,229.09

California SDI tax due in 2021=$505.99

California State Tax Calculation for Employment Training Tax (ETT)

Taxable income in California in 2021$50,599.00
California ETT tax rate in 2021x50.599%

California ETT tax in 2021=$0.10
Maximum California ETT tax in 2021$7,000.00

California ETT tax due in 2021=$50.60

Federal Tax Calculation

Annual Income 2021$55,000.00
MinusStandard Deduction ($12,550.00)$42,450.00
MinusPersonal Exemption ($0.00)$42,450.00
Taxable Income 2021$42,450.00
Income Tax Breakdown [ 2021 Tax Tables ]
Tax RateThresholdTax Due in Band
10%$0.00 to $9,950.00 $995.00
12%$9,950.00 to $40,525.00 $3,669.00
22%$40,525.00 to $86,375.00 $423.50
Federal Income Tax Total from all Rates$5,087.50
Total Federal Income Tax Due$5,087.50
Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA) 2021
Social Security Rate6.2%
Social Security Compensation Limit$142,800.00
Social Security Maximum Tax$8,853.60
Social Security Tax Due$3,410.00
Medicare Tax Rate1.45%
Medicare Due$797.50
Take Home Pay for 2021
Gross Annual Salary$55,000.00
Total Federal Income Tax Due$4,581.51
Total California Income Tax Due$1,912.46
Social Security Tax Due$3,410.00
Medicare Due$797.50

Take Home Pay$43,286.55

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Tax Calculator Settings
Federal Tax Tables2021
State Tax Tables2021
State for Tax PurposesCalifornia
Base Salary$55,000.00
Payment FrequencyAnnual
Gross Income$55,000.00
Deduction TypeStandard
Filing StatusSingle
Personal Exemption Phaseout 2021$258,250.00
Number of Dependents0
Number of Child Tax claims0
Aged 50 to 65 (affects IRA ROTH and 401K Calculations)No
Over 65No
Spouse Over 65No
Blind SpouseNo
Deaf, Blind or disabled ExemptionsNo
Disabled Veteran ExemptionsNo
401K Entered$0.00
401K Limit in 2021 (under 50)$19,500.00
401K Limit in 2021 (over 50)$26,000.00
IRA Entered$0.00
IRA Limit in 2021 (under 50)$6,500.00
IRA Limit in 2021 (over 50)$1,000.00
Deferred Tax$0.00
Earned Income Tax Credit$0.00
Federal Tax Withholdings $0.00
State Tax Withholdings $0.00
Medicare Withholdings $0.00
Social Security Withholdings $0.00

Note: This illustration is provided for information only, whilst every effort is taken to ensure their accuracy and we do actively maintain and update the salary calculator, the figures are for illustration only, always take professional advice before filing your return.

55k after tax in California | CA Tax Calculator 2021


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California is used as the default State for State tax calculations, you can choose an alternate State using the 2021 State and Federal Tax calculator.

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