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Use SmartAsset's paycheck calculator to calculate your take home pay per paycheck for both salary and hourly jobs after taking into account federal, state, and local taxes.

Overview of Connecticut Taxes

Connecticut has a set of progressive income tax rates, meaning how much you pay in taxes depends on how much you earn. There are seven tax brackets that range from 3.00% to 6.99%. Residents of Connecticut don’t have to pay local taxes, as there are no cities or towns in the state that charge their own income taxes.

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Connecticut Paycheck Calculator

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Connecticut Paycheck Quick Facts

  • Connecticut income tax rate: 3.00% - 6.99%
  • Median household income: $76,106 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Connecticut Paycheck Works

Employers in the Nutmeg State withhold federal taxes from each of their employees’ paychecks. The IRS applies these taxes toward your annual income taxes. Some of it also goes to FICA taxes, which pay for Medicare and Social Security. Your Form W-4 determines how much your employer withholds. You should fill out a new form every time you start a new job or make a life change, like getting married or adopting a child.

Your marital status is a key factor that affects your taxes. How much comes out of your paycheck is determined in part by whether you are single, the head of household, married filing jointly or married filing separately. Connecticut recognizes same-sex marriages for income tax purposes, so keep that in mind when filling out your W-4.

In December 2017, President Trump signed a new tax plan into law. The IRS updated tax withholding guidelines in early 2018, so you likely saw a slight change in the size of your paychecks. Regardless, the beginning of the year is a good time to look at your W-4 and double-check that all information is correct.

The IRS has redesigned some of the Form W-4's guidelines for 2020. The new version no longer lists allowances, but it asks you to enter dollar amounts for income tax credits, non-wage income, itemized and other deductions and total annual taxable wages. The 2020 W-4 also uses a five-step process that asks filers to enter personal information, claim dependents and indicate any additional income or jobs.

In most cases, these changes will affect anyone changing jobs or adjusting their withholdings in 2020 and beyond. Employees hired before 2020 aren’t required to complete the new form, though. The tax return you file in 2021 will take into account any adjustments you’ve made to your withholdings in 2020.

Connecticut Median Household Income

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Residents of Connecticut are taxed at a variable tax rate that depends on your income. If you file as "Single" or "Married, Filing Separately," the tax rate is 3.00% on taxable income of $10,000 or less; 5.00% for up to $50,000; 5.50% for up to $100,000; 6.00% for up to $200,000; 6.50% for up to $250,000; 6.90% for up to $500,000; and 6.99% for over $500,000. If you’re married and are filing jointly, the tax rates remain the same, but those income brackets are doubled. There are no local taxes in Connecticut.

If you’re planning a move to Connecticut or if you otherwise need a mortgage in the state, take a look at our mortgage guide to learn about mortgage rates and getting a mortgage in Connecticut.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $50,0005.00%
$50,000 - $100,0005.50%
$100,000 - $200,0006.00%
$200,000 - $250,0006.50%
$250,000 - $500,0006.90%
Married, Filing Jointly
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $20,0003.00%
$20,000 - $100,0005.00%
$100,000 - $200,0005.50%
$200,000 - $400,0006.00%
$400,000 - $500,0006.50%
$500,000 - $1,000,0006.90%
Married, Filing Separately
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $50,0005.00%
$50,000 - $100,0005.50%
$100,000 - $200,0006.00%
$200,000 - $250,0006.50%
$250,000 - $500,0006.90%
Head of Household
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $16,0003.00%
$16,000 - $80,0005.00%
$80,000 - $160,0005.50%
$160,000 - $320,0006.00%
$320,000 - $400,0006.50%
$400,000 - $800,0006.90%

A financial advisor in Connecticut can help you understand how taxes fit into your overall financial goals. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including retirement, homeownership, insurance and more, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

How You Can Affect Your Connecticut Paycheck

There are multiple ways to adjust your tax withholding and tweak your paycheck. Pay special attention if you paid a large sum last year during tax season, as it might be an indication that you aren't having enough taxes taken out each month. Losing money from each paycheck might seem painful, but it could be preferable to getting slammed with a hefty bill come April each year.

Consider factors like whether or not you are married, if you have children and how many jobs you have. Again, same-sex partners can file jointly, so make sure to factor that into your calculations. Another way to change your withholding is to simply ask your employer to do so. In fact, you can specify the exact amount you want taken out each paycheck. Just write down how much money you want taken out on the appropriate line of your W-4.

Making pre-tax contributions is another factor that alters your taxable income. If you’re lucky, it might even bump you down into a lower tax bracket. There are a few ways to make pre-tax contributions. You can put money in a 401(k) or 403(b) if your employer offers it. You can also choose to take advantage of contributions such as supplemental insurance and other types of spending accounts, like a Health Savings Account or commuter benefits program. The more pre-tax contributions you can make, the lower your taxable income is. Sure, it might seem that you get less every paycheck, but you’re merely saving that money for retirement or to spend at a later time. And because it’s withdrawn pre-tax, it’s lowering your overall taxable income.

Connecticut Top Income Tax Rate

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Most Paycheck Friendly Places

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights the most paycheck friendly counties across the U.S. Zoom between states and the national map to see data points for each region, or look specifically at one of the four ranking factors in our analysis: Semi-Monthly Paycheck, Purchasing Power, Unemployment Rate, and Income Growth.

Rank County Semi-Monthly Paycheck Purchasing Power Unemployment Rate Income Growth

Methodology To find the most paycheck friendly places for counties across the country, we considered four factors: semi-monthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth.

First, we calculated the semi-monthly paycheck for a single individual with two personal allowances. We applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating income tax withholding. To better compare withholding across counties, we assumed a $50,000 annual income. We then indexed the paycheck amount for each county to reflect the counties with the lowest withholding burden, or greatest take-home pay.

We then created a purchasing power index for each county. This reflects the counties with the highest ratio of household income to cost of living. We also created an unemployment index that shows the counties with the lowest rate of unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income throughout a five year period for each county and then indexed the results.

Finally, we calculated the weighted average of the indices to yield an overall paycheck friendliness score. We used a one-half weighting for semi-monthly paycheck and a one-sixth weighting for purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth. We indexed the final number, so higher values reflect the most paycheck friendly places.

Sources: SmartAsset, government websites, US Census Bureau 2018 American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics