Taxable Corporate Bonds vs Municipal Bonds (Tax Exempt/Nontaxable) After Tax/Equivalent Formula
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How to Calculate After Tax Yield
Three Parts:
The aftertax yield is the amount an investor can expect to receive from an investment after paying taxes. It is often calculated to help investors compare the profitability of taxable investments with that of taxfree investments, like municipal bonds. It is also useful information when trying to minimize the tax effect of withdrawals from funds during retirement.
Steps
Understanding the After Tax Yield

Learn the definition.The aftertax yield or aftertax return is the profitability of an investment after all applicable taxes have been paid. The type of tax paid and the investor’s marginal tax rate affect the amount of the after tax yield.
 The after tax yield may vary depending on whether the investor has to pay income tax or capital gains tax.
 The investor’s marginal federal and state tax rates. For investors whose income places them in a high tax bracket, the after tax yield may be significantly less than the pretax yield.

Understand why it is important.Your financial advisor calculates the after tax yield on your investments. Knowing the aftertax yield of your investments enables you to effectively compare them to taxfree investments, such as mutual bonds. Also, your financial advisor can use the information to increase the tax efficiency of your investments over the long term.

Compare your taxable investments to taxfree investments.Investors can reduce their taxes by purchasing municipal bonds, the interest on which is sheltered from federal and some state and local taxes. However the yield on municipal bonds is typically lower than that of taxable investments. In order to compare the profitability of taxable and taxfree investments, it is very helpful to calculate the after tax yield on the taxable investments.

Increase your after tax yield over the long term.Depending on your tax bracket and how close you are to retirement, you can increase your after tax yield in the longterm with certain investment strategies. Different kinds of investments are taxed differently. Also, the same investment can be taxed differently depending on whether it is in a taxable brokerage account or a taxdeferred account such as an IRA, a 401k, a 403b or a Roth account.
 Your financial advisor can assess the after tax yield of different kinds of investments in different scenarios and counsel you on how to minimize the tax impact on these investments.
Gathering the Information

Identify the taxable yield.Don’t calculate the taxes based on the earnings of an investment during the calendar year. Instead, the taxes should be calculated taxable yield of the security.
 For example, suppose an investor owns a corporate bond. The bond's taxable yield is 6%.

Categorize the character of the distribution.Different kinds of distributions receive different tax treatments. For some distributions, the marginal tax rate is applied. For others, other rates apply.
 The investor’s top marginal tax rate is used for shortterm capital gains, taxable interest and nonqualified dividends.
 Longterm capital gains and qualified dividends are usually taxed at a lower rate than regular income tax rates.
 Longterm capital gains are realized from investments that have been held for more than one year. Taxpayers in the 10 percent and 15 percent tax brackets pay 0 percent. Taxpayers in the 25 percent, 28 percent, 33 percent, and 35 percent tax brackets pay 15 percent. Taxpayers in the 39.6 percent tax bracket pay 20 percent.
 Qualified dividends are taxed at the same rate as longterm capital gains.

Find the investor’s marginal tax rate. The terms “tax bracket” and “marginal tax rate” are used synonymously. They both refer to the percentage of someone’s income that is paid in taxes. The higher a person’s income, the more they pay in taxes.
 Marginal tax rates range from as low as 10 percent to as high as 39.6 percent. The income limits for each tax bracket differ for single filers, married joint filers and head of household filers.

Determine if the net investment income tax should be applied. As of 2013, investors whose modified adjusted gross income is above a certain threshold are required to pay a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on interest, dividends and capital gain distributions.
 For 2015, the threshold was 0,000 for married filing joint status.
Calculating the After Tax Yield

Know the formula.Aftertax yield can be calculated by simply multiplying the pretax yield by a multiple that incorporates the marginal tax rate on the bond. This formula isATY=PTY∗(1−MTR){\displaystyle ATY=PTY*(1MTR)}where ATY is the aftertax rate, PTY is the pretax rate, and MTR is the marginal tax rate.

Determine the correct tax rate for the calendar year distribution.For shortterm capital gains, taxable interest and nonqualified dividends, apply the top marginal tax rate. For longterm capital gains and qualified dividends, apply the appropriate tax rate.
 For example, suppose investors who are married and filing jointly have a total taxable income of 0,000. Their highest marginal tax rate, according to the IRS, is 25 percent. Also, the interest on their investments is subject to the 3.8 percent Medicare tax.
 The total tax rate to be applied to their shortterm capital gains and taxable interest is 38.8 percent (25 + 3.8 = 28.8).
 For long term capital gains and qualified dividends, their tax rate would be 15 percent.

Do the calculation.Input your variables into the equation and solve. Make sure that you've used the correct marginal tax rate for appropriate year. The result is your aftertax yield.
 Remember to convert your percentages to decimals when calculating the after tax yield. Convert by dividing by 100. For example, 6% would be 6/100, or 0.06.
 For example, with the 6% corporate bond and the 28.8 percent marginal tax rate, your aftertax yield would be calculated using the following equation:ATY=0.06∗(1−0.288){\displaystyle ATY=0.06*(10.288)}
 This calculations gives an aftertax yield of 0.0427, or 4.27%.
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