Is the New $450,000 Threshold of "Increased" Taxes Political Fiction?

From the Wall Street Journal, Under the new law, some of the steepest tax increases may fall on upper-middle class earners with incomes just above $250,000.


A store manager married to a dentist with a combined income of, say, $350,000 may pay a higher tax rate under the new law than if the tax code had simply reverted back to the Clinton-era rates that Mr. Obama championed. Those earning more than $450,000 would see their de facto tax rate rise to about 41% under the new law, not 39.6%. Add in the new ObamaCare investment taxes and the tax rate on interest income is close to 45%.


Democrats are advertising the higher $400,000-$450,000 threshold as a victory for affluent taxpayers in blue states. But with PEP and Pease these Democrats are hammering their own constituents via the backdoor.

If your wondering just how much your taxes will be affected in 2013 compared to 2012, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington has updated an easy-to-use calculator that will help you estimate your 2013 tax bill. It offers results for typical taxpayers from the lowest to the highest incomes, and also has a feature allowing users to create their own example.  It’s available here.