If you work in a city, then the chances are great that you pay an income tax to the city. Philadelphia, Cincinnati and New York City are among the cities that charge an income tax, or wage tax, for those who work in them. It is not difficult to figure out how much you pay in city income taxes if you have the tax rate and your gross income.
Contact the city tax department. The city's tax department is in charge of collecting income taxes, or wage taxes, and the department should be able to provide you with the tax rate.
Calculate your income. Determine whether you would like to figure out the city income tax for the week, month or year. If you are paid hourly, determine how much you make by multiplying your hourly rate by the number of hours worked in a week, a month or a year. If you are paid a salary, divide your salary by 12 to determine how much you make per month or by 52 to determine how much you make per week. Do not adjust your income for any taxes that you would pay. You must calculate your gross pay in order to accurately calculate how much is taken out in city income taxes.
Multiply the tax rate by your income. Once you have figured out your gross income, multiply it by the tax rate provided by the city tax department. The product will be the amount that you pay the city as income tax.
- NYC Finance: Personal Income Tax
- City of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Revenue Department
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. "Income Tax Definitions." Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
- New York City Department of Finance. "2019 NYC-1127 Form." Page 3. Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
- Property Club. "New York City Income Tax Guide." Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
- New York City Department of Finance. "Tax Credit Fast Facts 2020." Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. "Earned Income Credit (New York State)." Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. "Instructions for Form IT-201 Full-Year Resident Income Tax Return." Page 24. Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. "New York City Credits." Accessed Oct. 31, 2020.
Hal Bartle has been writing professionally since 2009. He has been published on various websites. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Joseph's University and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.