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Here's an answer to some of your questions. You are correct on how to use the tax tables, but appear to have overlooked the following:

1) By default, if you're salaried, taxes will be withheld from your paychecks every pay period, and they will be a lot closer to $6,400 under the scenario proposed, than $3,400. You can adjust the withholding to prevent too much from being withheld, etc.

2) You will not be paying tax on every dime you earn, as you will have personal exemptions, itemized deductions, etc. If, however, you're earning this kind of money, most of those would be phased out (the "stealth tax"), so you're not too far off the mark.

3) Two of the most useful classes which I took in law school were on personal and corporate/partnership income taxes, respectively. These are useful in practice and in private life, especially at your projected income level.
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