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If you have a copy of your Form 1040 Instructions for 1998, turn to Page 64 and look at Schedule X if you are single. It says, if your taxable income is not more than $25,350, your ordinary income (income from wages, interest, dividends, and some other stuff) is taxed at 15%. If you have the standard deduction and just one exemption, your gross income will be $6950 above that to produce that taxable income. Long term capital gains are taxed at a lower rate, namely 10%, if they keep you in that bracket. For 1999 the limits will change a bit because the brackets (but not the rates) are adjusted each year for inflation. But not much.

If you don't have the form, go to the IRS Web site, www.irs.ustreas.gov. They have downloadable copies of most everything. Many of these are in adobe pdf format. If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you will have to download that too if they are in that format. It's free, and a link to Adobe is provided. But the software is maybe 4 MB, so it will take maybe 15 minutes over a newish modem and phone line.
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