Cumulative If Loop question?

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Teddy Xiong
Teddy Xiong on 8 Oct 2012
I am trying to write a function that expresses the tax rate. For example, for an income of $40,000, the first $35,350 is taxed at 15%. The remaining $4,650 is taxed at 28%. I am not quite sure how to express this. I have this code written up, but it only shows the tax rate for a specific income, but it doesn't calculate the difference between the first and the second tax rate and account for the difference in the tax rate. How do i go about fixing this?
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 8 Oct 2012
There is no such thing as an "if loop" ! There are "if statements" and there are "for loops" and "while loops", but "if" only executes the body once not repeatedly.
I have removed "ifloop" from the tags.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 8 Oct 2012
elseif 35350 <= income & income < 85660
taxrate= .28
taxpaid= (taxrate .* income) + income
The math part of this should read something like
taxpaid = 0.15*35350+0.28*(income-35350);
%Apply 15% to the 35359 and 28% to the remainder
Now you can take all of those fixed values and turn them into vectors that could be traversed with a for-loop or fancy multiplication
taxrate = [0.15 0.28 0.31 0.396];
taxlim = [35350 etc.]
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Teddy Xiong
Teddy Xiong on 8 Oct 2012
so i edited my code this way and i'm not getting quite the right output I put in
x1 = 50000; x2 = 200000;
[taxr1 taxp1] = TaxCalc(x1)
[taxr2 taxp2] = TaxCalc(x2)
[taxr3 taxp3] = TaxCalc([x1 x2])
and i'm supposed to get:
= 50000; x2 = 200000;
[taxr1 taxp1] = TaxCalc(x1)
taxr1 =
taxp1 =
[taxr2 taxp2] = TaxCalc(x2)
taxr2 =
taxp2 =
[taxr3 taxp3] = TaxCalc([x1 x2])
taxr3 =
0.1881 0.2795
taxp3 =
1.0e+004 *
0.9405 5.5902

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Matt J
Matt J on 8 Oct 2012
Edited: Matt J on 8 Oct 2012
function [taxrate, taxpaid] = TaxCalc(income)
brackets=[0, 35350, 85660, 178650,388350];
bracketRevenues =[0, cumsum( diff(brackets).*rates(1:end-1))];
taxrate = rates(n);
taxpaid = bracketRevenues(n) + (income-brackets(n))*taxrate;

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