How Soon You Will See Results Of The New Tax Brackets

Moving Forward With New Tax Law

It will be awhile before we all understand the ins and outs and the subtleties of the new tax code. While it is being studied and while the IRS is implementing the changes I’ll do my best to help you understand how you may be affected when you file taxes for 2018. The time to take advantage of any benefits that might have been gained for the 2017 filing period has passed.

For example, in 2018 the charitable deduction has doubled for a married couple filing jointly from $12,000 to $24,000. Had you acted quickly you could have established a donor directed fund or you could have increased your charitable giving by year end and taken a larger deduction on your 2017 taxes.

State And Local Taxes And Property Taxes Affected

Prospective new homebuyers need to take into consideration the implication of the new tax law. If you buy a home this year, when you go to file your 2018 taxes next year, state and local income taxes plus property taxes, added together, will no longer be deductible beyond the annual sum of $10,000. That may make buying a house with high property taxes — or buying at all — less attractive. That means if you’re looking at homes that require mortgages over $750,000, you won’t be able to take a deduction on the interest for amounts above that level starting next year.

Small Businesses And The Gig Economy

Small business owners may be pleased with the new tax law. A pass-through provision will allow you to start deducting 20 percent of your qualified business income from a partnership, S corporation and sole proprietorship, starting next year. However, be aware that there are limits, including a phase-out for the deduction that begins at $157,500 of individual income and $315,000 of income for couples filing jointly. This provision will also apply to those in the gig economy, allowing independent contractors, like Uber drivers, to use the same deduction.

View New Tax Brackets By Going To Barry Fowler’s Link

Barry Fowler is licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is a longstanding member of several tax industry professional organizations including the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), National Association of Tax Preparers (NATP), Texas Society of Enrolled Agents (TSEA), and the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS). With experience in the tax and finance industry spanning over twenty years, Fowler’s expertise includes tax resolution, personal financial planning, tax return preparation, financial statements, and general ledger bookkeeping. He has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people resolve complex tax issues with the IRS.

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