Maine State Tax Return

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Maine Individual Income Tax Provisions

For state who assess individual income tax to their residents, there are three systems they can choose from: joint, combined, or a mash-up of the other two. Maine adopts the most popular system, the joint filing, which follows the federal system of taxing married couples as a single economic entity.

Maine bases their tax system close to the federal government by using adjusted gross income as the base for taxation. Many of Maine's sources of income follow federal guidelines for inclusion in state taxation, however there are just a few exceptions worth noting.

Exemptions

There are certain incomes which taxpayers can exclude from including in their tax base amount. These include:

  • Interest from U.S. Government bonds
  • Gains from selling Maine Waste Management and Recycling program bonds
  • Gains from the sale of investment income from the Northern Maine Transmission Corp.
  • Up to $6,000 in retirement income from private, public, civil service and military plans, less social security and railroad retirement benefits
  • Social Security benefits

Deductions

Maine offers a standard deduction to taxpayers based on filing status:

  • Single - $6,100
  • Married, filing single - $5,070
  • Married, filing joint - $10,150
  • Head of Household - $8,950

Maine taxpayers who are over 65 or are blind are eligible to receive and additional deduction of $1,500 if they file either single or head of household, whereas married filers who qualify get an additional $1,200 per person.

There are a few major differences to the state deductions in comparison to federal law. State income or sales tax is not-deductible in Maine; neither is mortgage insurance premiums. Total deduction is limited by the federal thresholds, while the maximum allowable itemized deduction is $27,500.

Some other state deductions include:

  • Long-term care insurance premiums
  • Up to $250 of contributions to a qualifying state tuition program
  • Earnings from a fishing operation that contributes to a conservation fund
  • Federal work opportunity and empowerment zone tax credits

2017 Maine Tax Rates

If taxable income more than - but not over - the tax is:
$0 $5,200 0% of the amount over $0
$5,200 $20,900 6.5% of the amount over $5,200
$20,900 - $1,020.50 plus 7.95% of the amount over $20,900
If taxable income more than - but not over - the tax is:
$0 $10,450 0% of the amount over $0
$10,450 $41,850 6.5% of the amount over $10,450
$41,850 - $2,041 plus 7.95% of the amount over $41,850
If taxable income more than - but not over - the tax is:
$0 $5,200 0% of the amount over $0
$5,200 $20,900 6.5% of the amount over $5,200
$20,900 - $1,020.50 plus 7.95% of the amount over $20,900
If taxable income more than - but not over - the tax is:
$0 $7,850 0% of the amount over $0
$7,850 $31,350 6.5% of the amount over $7,850
$31,350 - $1,527.50 plus 7.95% of the amount over $31,350

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