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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 Mississippi Taxes

Overall, Mississippi has a relatively low tax burden. Its income tax system has a top rate of just 5.00% that applies to all income above $10,000. There are no city or local income taxes in Mississippi.

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Mississippi Paycheck Quick Facts

  • Mississippi income tax rate: 0% - 5%
  • Median household income: $52,985 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Mississippi Paycheck Works

No matter which state you work in, you need to pay FICA taxes. FICA taxes are made up of Social Security and Medicare taxes. Your employer withholds 6.2% of your wages for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare from your paycheck. Your employer also matches those amounts so the total contributions are doubled. If you are self-employed, you have to pay the total 12.4% to Social Security and 2.9% to Medicare yourself (though you can then deduct half of those self-employment taxes). 

Any wages single filers, heads of household and qualifying widow(er)s earn in excess of $200,000, are subject to a 0.9% Medicare surtax, which employers do not match. For married couples filing jointly, income above the $250,000 threshold is subject to this 0.9% tax, while married couples filing separately pay it on all income in excess of $125,000.

Money is also withheld from your paycheck for federal income tax. Instead of paying your taxes in one lump sum in April, you pay installments throughout the year. How much your employer withholds will depend on your earnings and what you put on your W-4 form. The W-4 form that you give your employer indicates things like your marital status and any additional tax withholding you want your employer to take from your paychecks.

The Form W-4 has been revised in recent years. The new W-4 no longer uses allowances, additionally removing the option to claim personal or dependency exemptions. Instead, it includes a five-step process that lets filers enter personal information, claim dependents and indicate any additional jobs or income. The form also asks filers to enter annual dollar amounts for income tax credits, non-wage income, itemized and other deductions and total annual taxable wages.

Other money deducted from your paycheck depends on whether you opt to take advantage of benefits offered by your employer. If you have health or life insurance plans through your company, money to pay those premiums will come out of your paycheck. These payments are usually pre-tax, which means they are deducted before taxes are removed. This lowers the amount of money you actually have to pay taxes on. Some other pre-tax accounts that you may opt into include retirement accounts, like a 401(k) or 403(b) and medical expense accounts, such as a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA).

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The Magnolia State charges a flat 5.00% tax on all income over $10,000 and no tax on the first $10,000 a person earns. Those rates are the same for everyone, regardless of filing status.

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No cities in Mississippi charge local income taxes.

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How You Can Affect Your Mississippi Paycheck

If you want to adjust the size of your Mississippi paycheck, you should start by looking at your W-4 form. Remember your W-4 is what employers use to determine how much should be withheld in taxes from each of your paychecks.

If you are concerned that you’ll face a big tax bill come April, one option for decreasing it is to elect to have your employer withhold an additional dollar amount from each of your paychecks. Simply decide how much you want withheld - for example, $20 per paycheck - and write that amount down on a new W-4. Our paycheck calculator will help you determine how much more you should withhold.

You can also save for retirement while reducing your taxable income by putting more money into pre-tax retirement accounts like a 401(k) or 403(b). Typically, 401(k) funds are not taxed until you withdraw money from the plan. But since Mississippi does not require retirees to pay state income tax on qualified income, the money in your 401(k) is never subject to state-level taxes if you retire in the state.

If you are thinking about a move to Mississippi and will be looking to purchase a home, our Mississippi mortgage guide can help ease some of the stress that comes with buying a home. It puts all the important information about rates and getting a mortgage in the Magnolia State onto one convenient page.

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