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Tax Brackets: The Big Mistake Most People Make

As tax time has come to an end, many people are reflecting back on what happened during tax season. Many bemoan the fact that they've entered a higher tax bracket, figuring that it has dramatically raised the amount of tax they owe. Yet one common misconception could give you the wrong idea about moving into a higher tax bracket and its overall impact on your taxes.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, reveals one big mistake many people make about tax brackets. Dan notes that many people think that when you go into a higher tax bracket, you have to pay a higher rate on all of your income. In reality, though, your tax bracket only determines your marginal tax rate on the last dollar of income you earn, not every dollar of your income. As a result, doing things to keep yourself below a higher tax bracket are generally counterproductive if they result in your giving up actual income that would have made you richer.

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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on Fool.com. With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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