Tax Law Changes
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For 2019, the additional standard deduction amount for the aged or the blind is $1,300. The additional standard deduction amount increases to $1,650 for unmarried taxpayers.
For 2019, the standard deduction amount for an individual who may be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer cannot exceed the greater of $1,100 or the sum of $350 and the individual’s earned income.
Individual = $71,700
Married Filing Jointly = $111,700
Married Filg Separately = $55,850
Estates and Trusts = $25000
For tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026, seven brackets will apply to individuals: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%.
No change has been made to the filing statuses that apply to individuals.
Property taxes remain fully deductible for taxpayers in a business or for-profit activity, so taxes paid on rental realty can be taken in full on Schedule E.
In addition, the AMT preference related to medical expenses is eliminated.
Among the items included in this elimination are:
All unreimbursed employee business expenses;
All expenses related to tax return preparation;
Appraisal fees for charitable contributions;
In addition, the Act reduces the amount of eligible Acquisition Indebtedness borrowing to $750,000 for any debt incurred on or after December 15, 2017.
A taxpayer who entered into a binding contract before December 15, 2017 to close on the purchase of a residence before January 1, 2018, and who actually closes on the acquisition before April 1, 2018, shall be considered to have incurred the Acquisition Indebtedness before December 15, 2017.
ii. The old Acquisition Indebtedness limits continue to apply to taxpayers who refinance existing Acquisition Indebtedness as long as the indebtedness resulting from the refinancing does not exceed the amount of the original debt.
For 2017, the deduction for Qualified Residence Interest was limited to interest paid on up to $1,000,000 of borrowing that qualified as “Acquisition Indebtedness” and up to $100,000 of borrowing that qualifies as “Home Equity Indebtedness”.
Acquisition Indebtedness being defined as debt incurred to acquire, construct or substantially improve a principal residence or a second home, with no restriction on the use of Home Equity Indebtedness.
IRA Contributions $6,000 - IRA Catch-up Contributions remains at $1,000.