Quick Tax Quiz: What is the highest individual income tax rate (top rate on a single filer) the U.S. has ever had, and in what years?

December 11, 2008

You chose E: 94%, 1944 and 1945.

Correct!

Some other years when the top rate exceeded 70%:

70%, 1965-1981
77%, 1964
79%, 1936-1940
81%, 1941
88%, 1942-1943
91%, 1946-51; 1954-63
92%, 1952-1953

Click here for a chart of federal individual income tax rates and brackets from 1913 to the present. (The chart may be viewed or printed in Excel or PDF-scroll to the bottom of the page.)


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