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Marginal tax rate vs Average tax rate

For someone planning to start a new business, is the average or the marginal tax rate more relevant?

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For planning purposes, the marginal rate is more appropriate because it is the rate that was applied to the last dollar earned. In making projections of net income for a business, growth would normally be built into the projections and a conservative approach would always compute tax at a marginal rate for the next dollar earned.

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The 240 word solution gives examples of the concept of marginal versus average tax rate including conclusions about what is appropriate from a planning perspective.