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Federal Travel Regulation; Relocation Income Tax (RIT) Allowance Tax Tables-2006 Update

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AGENCY:

Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Federal, State, and Puerto Rico tax tables for calculating the relocation income tax (RIT) allowance are being updated to reflect changes in Federal, State, and Puerto Rico income tax brackets and rates. The Federal, State, and Puerto Rico tax tables contained in this rule are for calculating the 2006 RIT allowance to be paid to relocating Federal employees.

DATES:

Effective Date: This final rule was effective on January 1, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The Regulatory Secretariat (VIR), Room 4035, GSA Building, Washington, DC 20405, telephone (202) 208-7312, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Patrick McConnell, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy (MTT), Washington, DC 20405, telephone (202) 501-2362. Please cite FTR Amendment 2006-01, FTR case 2006-301.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Section 5724b of Title 5, United States Code, provides for reimbursement of substantially all Federal, State, and local income taxes incurred by a transferred Federal employee on taxable moving expense reimbursements. Policies and procedures for the calculation and Start Printed Page 9263payment of the RIT allowance are contained in the Federal Travel Regulation (41 CFR Part 302-17). The Federal, State, and Puerto Rico tax tables for calculating RIT allowance payments are updated yearly to reflect changes in Federal, State, and Puerto Rico income tax brackets and rates.

This amendment provides the tax tables necessary to compute the RIT allowance for employees who are taxed in 2005 on moving expense reimbursements.

B. Executive Order 12866

The General Services Administration (GSA) has determined that this final rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This final rule is not required to be published in the Federal Register for notice and comment; therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., does not apply.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because this final rule does not impose recordkeeping or information collection requirements, or the collection of information from offerors, contractors, or members of the public that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

E. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

This final rule is also exempt from Congressional review prescribed under 5 U.S.C. 801 since it relates solely to agency management and personnel.

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List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 302-17

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Dated: February 9, 2006.

David L. Bibb,

Acting Administrator of General Services.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under

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PART 302-17—RELOCATION INCOME TAX (RIT) ALLOWANCE

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5738; 20 U.S.C. 905(a); E.O. 11609, 36 FR 13747, 3 CFR, 1971-1975 Comp., p. 586.

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2. Revise Appendixes A, B, C, and D to Part 302-17 to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 302-17 Federal Tax Tables for RIT Allowance

Federal Marginal Tax Rates by Earned Income Level and Filing Status—Tax Year 2005

[The following table is to be used to determine the Federal marginal tax rate for Year 1 for computation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(1). This table is to be used for employees in which their Year 1 occurred during calendar year 2005.]

Marginal tax rateSingle taxpayerHead of householdMarried filing jointly/qualifying widows & widowersMarried filing separately
PercentOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not over
10$8,712$16,201$15,989$26,630$23,519$37,568$10,897$18,242
1516,20139,89826,63058,07937,56884,11018,24242,410
2539,89885,74858,079125,25284,110150,30142,41076,165
2885,748169,230125,252195,589150,301216,71076,165109,970
33169,230348,318195,589360,009216,710360,571109,970182,419
35348,318360,009360,571182,419
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Appendix B to Part 302-17—State Tax Tables for RIT Allowance

State Marginal Tax Rates by Earned Income Level—Tax Year 2005

[The following table is to be used to determine the State marginal tax rates for calculation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(2). This table is to be used as a guide for employees who received covered taxable reimbursements during calendar year 2005. The rates shown below are for married filing jointly and if the state has a specific single rate, it is shown. For more specific information or if an employee is in a different filing status, please see the 2006 State Tax Handbook, pp. 258-274, CCH Inc., http://tax.cchgroup.com/​Books/​default.]

Marginal tax rates (stated in percents) for the earned income amounts specified in each column.123
State (or District)$20,000-24,999$25,000-49,999$50,000-74,999$75,000 & over 4
Alabama5.005.005.005.00
Alaska0.000.000.000.00
Arizona3.203.203.743.74
If single status, married filing separately 53.203.744.724.72
Arkansas6.007.007.007.00
California2.006.008.009.30
If single status, married filing separately 56.009.309.309.30
Colorado4.634.634.634.63
Connecticut5.005.005.005.00
Delaware5.205.555.955.95
District of Columbia7.509.009.009.00
Florida0.000.000.000.00
Georgia6.006.006.006.00
Hawaii6.807.607.908.25
If single status, married filing separately 57.607.908.258.25
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Idaho7.407.807.807.80
If single status, married filing separately 57.807.807.807.80
Illinois3.003.003.003.00
Indiana3.403.403.403.40
Iowa6.487.928.988.98
Kansas3.506.256.456.45
If single status, married filing separately 56.256.456.456.45
Kentucky5.805.805.806.00
Louisiana2.004.006.006.00
If single status, married filing separately 54.006.006.006.00
Maine7.008.508.508.50
If single status, married filing separately 58.508.508.508.50
Maryland4.754.754.754.75
Massachusetts5.305.305.305.30
Michigan3.903.903.903.90
Minnesota5.357.057.057.05
If single status, married filing separately 57.057.057.857.85
Mississippi5.005.005.005.00
Missouri6.006.006.006.00
Montana6.906.906.906.90
Nebraska3.576.846.846.84
If single status, married filing separately 55.126.846.846.84
Nevada0.000.000.000.00
New Hampshire0.000.000.000.00
New Jersey1.751.753.505.525
If single status, married filing separately 51.755.5255.5256.370
New Mexico6.006.006.006.00
New York5.256.856.856.85
If single status, married filing separately 56.856.856.856.85
North Carolina7.007.007.007.00
If single status, married filing separately 57.007.007.757.75
North Dakota2.102.103.923.92
If single status, married filing separately 52.103.924.344.34
Ohio4.274.9834.9835.693
Oklahoma 66.656.656.656.65
Oregon9.009.009.009.00
Pennsylvania3.073.073.073.07
Rhode Island 725.0025.0025.0025.00
South Carolina7.007.007.007.00
South Dakota0.000.000.000.00
Tennessee0.000.000.000.00
Texas0.000.000.000.00
Utah7.007.007.007.00
Vermont3.603.607.207.20
If single status, married filing separately 53.607.208.508.50
Virginia5.755.755.755.75
Washington0.000.000.000.00
West Virginia4.006.006.506.50
Wisconsin6.506.506.506.50
Wyoming0.000.000.000.00
(The above table/column headings established by IRS.)
1 Earned income amounts that fall between the income brackets shown in this table (e.g., $24,999.45, $49,999.75) should be rounded to the nearest dollar to determine the marginal tax rate to be used in calculating the RIT allowance.
2 If the earned income amount is less than the lowest income bracket shown in this table, the employing agency shall establish an appropriate marginal tax rate as provided in § 302-17.8(e)(2)(ii).
3 If two or more marginal tax rates of a State overlap an income bracket shown in this table, then the highest of the two or more State marginal tax rates is shown for that entire income bracket. For more specific information, see the 2006 State Tax Handbook, pp. 258-274, CCH, Inc., http://tax.cchgroup.com/​Books/​default.
4 This is an estimate. For earnings over $100,000, and for filing statuses other than those above, please consult actual tax tables. See 2006 State Tax Handbook, pp. 258-274, CCH, Inc., http://tax.cchgroup.com/​Books/​default.
5 This rate applies only to those individuals certifying that they will file under a single or married filing separately status within the states where they will pay income taxes.
6 The 2005 personal income tax rates shown here for Oklahoma follow Method 1 only. For information on Method 2, see the 2006 State Tax Handbook, pp. 258-274, CCH, Inc., http://tax.cchgroup.com/​Books/​default.
7 The income tax rate for Rhode Island is 25 percent of Federal income tax rates, including capital gains rates and any another other special rates for other types of income. Rates shown as a percent of Federal income tax liability must be converted to a percent of income as provided in § 302-17.8(e)(2)(iii).
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Appendix C to Part 302-17—Federal Tax Tables for RIT Allowance—Year 2

Estimated Ranges of Wage and Salary Income Corresponding to Federal Statutory Marginal Income Tax Rates by Filing Status in 2006

[The following table is to be used to determine the Federal marginal tax rate for Year 2 for computation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(1). This table is to be used for employees whose Year 1 occurred during calendar years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005.]

Marginal tax rateSingle taxpayerHead of householdMarried filing jointly/qualifying widows & widowersMarried filing separately
PercentOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not over
10$8,739$16,560$16,538$27,374$24,163$38,534$12,036$19,194
1516,56041,04127,37459,52638,53486,18219,19443,330
2541,04188,54159,526128,60586,182154,78643,33079,441
2888,541175,222128,605203,511154,786224,81879,441114,716
33175,222360,212203,511375,305224,818374,173114,716188,184
35360,212375,305374,173188,184
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Appendix D to Part 302-17—Puerto Rico Tax Tables for RIT Allowance

Puerto Rico Marginal Tax Rates by Earned Income Level—Tax Year 2005

[The following table is to be used to determine the Puerto Rico marginal tax rate for computation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(4)(i).]

Marginal tax rateFor married person living with spouse and filing jointly, married person not living with spouse, single person, or head of householdFor married person living with spouse and filing separately
PercentOverBut not overOverBut not over
10$2,000$17,000$1,000$8,500
1517,00030,0008,50015,000
2830,00050,00015,00025,000
3350,00025,000
Source: Individual Income Tax Return 2005—Long Form; Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Department of the Treasury, P.O. Box 9022501, San Juan, PR 00902-2501; http://www.hacienda.gobierno.pr/​planillas_​individuo.asp.
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