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Capital Gains & Losses

2018-Long-Term Capital Gains and Qualified Dividends Tax Rates

Asked Thursday, December 20, 2018 by an anonymous user
Long-Term Capital Gains (and Qualified Dividends) have been subject to special maximum tax rates. The Act generally retains the maximum tax rate structure.
For 2018 the 15% rate applies once the following income limits are met: a. Joint returns - $77,200
b. Head of Household returns - $51,700
c. Single returns - $38,600
d. Married Separate returns - $38,600
e. Trusts and Estates - $2,600

For 2018 the 20% rate will apply to long-term capital gains and qualified dividends above these income levels:
a. Joint returns - $479,000
b. Head of Household returns - $452,400
d. Married Separate returns - $239,500
e. Trusts and Estates - $12,700

Prior to the Act, a 0% capital gain rate applied to capital gains where the taxpayer is paying in the 10% or 15% rate on ordinary income; a 15% capital gain rate applied to any taxpayer paying any other rate below 39.6%; and a 20% rate applied to the high-income taxpayers paying 39.6% on ordinary income.
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Capital Gains & Losses

2018-Sale of Residence exclusion

Asked Thursday, December 20, 2018 by an anonymous user
The rules relating to the exclusion of gain on the sale of a principal residence remained unchanged. $500,000 for married couples and $250,000 for the other filing status.
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Pension Plan Limits

Defined benefit plan

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
Effective January 1, 2016, the limitation on the annual benefit under a defined benefit plan under Section 415(b)(1)(A) remains at $210,000.
For a participant who separated from service before January 1, 2016, the limitation for defined benefit plans under Section 415(b)(1)(B) is computed by multiplying the participant's compensation limitation, as adjusted through 2015, by 1.0011.
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Pension Plan Limits

Defined contribution plans

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
The limitation for defined contribution plans under Section 415(c)(1)(A) remains unchanged at $53,000.
The limitation for defined contribution plans under Section 415(c)(1)(A) is increased in 2015 from $52,000 to $53,000.
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Pension Plan Limits

Employee compensation - special election

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
In 2016, the dollar amount under Section 430(c)(7)(D)(i)(II) used to determine excess employee compensation with respect to a single-employer defined benefit pension plan for which the special election under Section 430(c)(2)(D) has been made is increased from $1,101.000 to $1,106,000..
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Pension Plan Limits

Retirement savings contribution credit

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(A) for determining the retirement savings contribution credit for married taxpayers filing a joint return is increased from $36,000 to $36,500; the limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(B) is increased from $39,000 to $39,500; and the limitation under Sections 25B(b)(1)(C) and 25B(b)(1)(D) is increased from $60,000 to $61,000.
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Pension Plan Limits

Retirement savings contribution credit - head of household

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(A) for determining the retirement savings contribution credit for taxpayers filing as head of household is increased from $27,000 to $27,375; the limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(B) is increased from $29,250 to $29,625; and the limitation under Sections 25B(b)(1)(C) and 25B(b)(1)(D) is increased from $45,000 to $45,750.
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Pension Plan Limits

Retirement savings contribution credit

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
In 2016, the AGI limit for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contribution credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $61,500 for married couples filing jointly, up from $61,000 in 2015; $45,750 for heads of household, up from $45,000; and $30,750 for married individuals filing separately and for singles, up from $30,500.
In 2015, the AGI limit for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contribution credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $61,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $60,000 in 2014; $45,750 for heads of household, up from $45,000; and $30,500 for married individuals filing separately and for singles, up from $30,000.
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Pension Plan Limits

Roth IRA

Asked Saturday, November 22, 2014 by an anonymous user
In 2016, the AGI phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $184,000 to $194,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $183,000 to $193,000 in 2015.
For singles and heads of household, the income phase-out range is $117,000 to $132,000, up from $116,000 to $131,000.
For a married individual filing a separate return, the phase-out range is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.
In 2015, the AGI phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $183,000 to $193,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $181,000 to $191,000 in 2014.
For singles and heads of household, the income phase-out range is $116,000 to $131,000, up from $114,000 to $129,000.
For a married individual filing a separate return, the phase-out range is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.
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