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

The correct answer is E: 94%, 1944 and 1945.

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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