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In 2018, Los Angeles County paid $78 billion in federal and state personal income taxes. That was more revenue than collected by either the governments of South Africa or New Zealand or 190 other nations.


Top Five U.S. Counties for Federal Personal Income Taxes Paid, 2018

Money amounts are in thousands of dollars.

County Los Angeles County, CA New York County (Manhattan), NY Cook County (Chicago), IL Santa Clara County (San Jose), CA King County (Seattle), WA
Number of Returns 4,702,060 894,310 2,529,070 934,040 1,130,500
Total Income $389,392,958 $207,281,648 $217,244,367 $161,614,836 $147,049,166
Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $384,088,479 $204,737,230 $214,621,440 $160,283,060 $145,627,813
Taxable Income $301,451,591 $185,433,610 $170,629,458 $136,604,123 $122,425,255
Total Income Tax After Credits $57,267,818 $45,931,406 $31,828,477 $29,807,401 $24,028,882
Home Mortgage Interest Paid $10,500,695 $1,662,040 $2,982,967 $3,468,808 $3,002,998
Total Charitable Contributions $7,456,667 $9,148,745 $4,432,238 $5,674,560 $2,698,575

Source: U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


Los Angeles County taxpayers reported more than $7.5 million in charitable contributions in 2018, ranking second only to New York County (Manhattan) at $9.1 million. Los Angeles County ranked first, however, in reporting $10.5 million in mortgage interest payments, more than double that of second-ranked Orange County, California, and third-ranked San Diego County.


Los Angeles County's Contribution to Federal Personal Income Taxes, 2018

Los Angeles County Number of Returns Total Income Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Taxable Income Total Income Tax After Credits Home Mortgage Interest Paid Charitable Contributions
Of All Federal Personal Income Tax Returns 3.1% 3.3% 3.3% 3.4% 3.8% 6.1% 3.9%
Of All Federal Personal Income Tax Returns from California 25.9% 23.7% 23.7% 23.5% 24.2% 24.3% 23.6%

Source: U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


Federal Personal Income Taxes
Los Angeles County

Money amounts are in thousands of dollars.

Year Number of Returns Total Income Total Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Taxable Income Total Income Tax After Credits* Percent of California's Total Federal Income Tax
2018 4,702,060 $389,392,958 $384,088,479 $301,451,591 $57,267,818 24.2%
2017 4,699, 360 $370,175,569 $364,557,900 $261,111,603 $57,627,895 24.6%
2016 4,638,710 $341,646,722 $336,172,190 $237,274,618 $51,967,985 24.3%
2015 4,644,280 $336,712,583 $331,317,036 $234,316,305 $51,312,723 24.5%
Year Number of Returns Total Income Total Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Taxable Income Total Income Tax After Credits* Percent of California's Total Federal Income Tax
2014 4,563,010 $315,657,066 $310,538,656 $218,096,969 $47,297,511 24.6%
2013 4,510,530 $289,776,982 $284,888,101 $195,198,984 $41,792,518 24.8%
2012 4,452,130 --No Data-- $288,792,866 $199,458,952 $40,671,244 25.0%
2011 4,513,642 --No Data-- $263,676,313 $176,475,849 $36,276,707 25.7%

* "Total Income Tax After Credits" does not include taxes from recapture of certain prior-year credits, tax applicable to individual retirement arrangements (IRA's), social security taxes on self-employment income and on certain tip income, advanced earned income payments, household employment taxes, and certain "other taxes" listed in the Form 1040 instructions.

Source: U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


California State Personal Income Taxes
Los Angeles County

Money amounts are in thousands of dollars.

Year Number of Returns Total Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Total Income Tax Assessed Percent of State's Total Income Tax Assessed
2018 4,516,237 $331,342,689 $20,645,822 21.9%
2017 4,433,194 $346,811,236 $19,724,146 22.9%
2016 4,427,106 $322,745,543 $17,44,240 22.6%
2015 4,255,233 $310,621,984 $16,810,162 22.5%
Year Number of Returns Total Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Total Income Tax Assessed Percent of State's Total Income Tax Assessed
2014 4,188,276 $282,946,347 $14,512,537 22.8%
2013 4,099,191 $267,252,031 $13,466,440 23.2%
2012 4,033,201 $269,387,091 $14,519,899 23.6%
2011 4,014,635 $247,542,840 $11,000,935 24.0%

Source: California State Franchise Tax Board.


Federal Personal Income Taxes by Income Bracket
Los Angeles County, 2018

Money amounts are in thousands of dollars.

Income Bracket Number of Returns Total Income Total Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Total Taxable Income* Total Income Tax
All Income Brackets 4,702,060 $389,392,958 $384,088,479 $301,451,591 $57,267,818
Under $1 73,480 -$10,688,101 -$10,769,347 $0 $10,061
$1 - $9,999 549,580 $3,041,473 $2,928,144 $32,830 $3,348
$10,000 - $24,999 1,020,760 $18,005,066 $17,621,155 $3,712,427 $275,473
$25,000 - $49,999 1,190,470 $43,484,767 $42,913,464 $22,920,727 $1,859,529
$50,000 - $74,999 627,030 $38,901,951 $38,425,457 $26,387,768 $2,717,238
$75,000 - $99,999 377,410 $32,995,082 $32,643,779 $24,306,592 $2,959,131
$100,000 - $199,999 575,750 $80,105,722 $79,168,707 $63,275,584 $9,307,641
$200,000+ 287,580 $183,546,998 $181,157,120 $160,815,663 $40,135,397

* "Total Income Tax After Credits" does not include taxes from recapture of certain prior-year credits, tax applicable to individual retirement arrangements (IRA's), social security taxes on self-employment income and on certain tip income, advanced earned income payments, household employment taxes, and certain "other taxes" listed in the Form 1040 instructions.

Source: U.S. Internal Revenue Service.