Year-End Tax Planning: 2013 Changes
Don’t Be Unprepared!
The term “fiscal cliff” to describe the upcoming expiring tax cuts and mandatory spending cuts is very appropriate. Let’s take a brief look at what may happen and what you could to do now to plan effectively and take advantage of the tax rates currently in effect.
Expiring Tax Cuts The “Bush tax cuts” will expire unless Congress takes action after the election.
Individual income tax rates: 2012
Long-term capital gains tax rates: Top rate goes from 15% in 2012 up to 20% in 2013.
Qualified dividend rates: Top rate goes from 15% in 2012 back to 39.6% in 2013.
Estate and gift tax rates: Exemption will go from $5.12mil in 2012 to $1mil in 2013. Top rateDefer will go from 35% in 2012 to 55% in 2013. taxation
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Health Care Reform Act Changes Medicare Tax Surcharge on Investment Income: For individuals with AGI over $200,000 and for couples over $250,000 there will be an extra surcharge tax of 3.8% on your investment income (interest, dividends, net capital gains, annuity income, royalties and net rental income). The surcharge is calculated on the amount of investment income that is included in your AGI to the extent that it takes AGI above the thresholds of $200,000 or $250,000.
Medical Expense Deduction “Floor”: The existing floor of 7.5% of AGI will be raised to 10% of AGI in 2013.
There’s no way to know for sure what will happen with taxes before year-end. These tax cuts may expire as planned. There may be tax reform that increases tax rates, or lowers them. However, the current tax rates are known, and there may be strategies appropriate to your situation to help you take advantage of the current tax environment. Talk to your tax and legal advisors regarding these
2012 Year End Tax Planning Ideas • Review timing of income and deductions • Realize capital gains in 2012 • Consider making substantial gifts this year • Convert IRA’s to Roth IRA’s
Medicare Payroll Tax Increase: Individuals making more than $200,000 in wage income next year ($250,000 for couples) would see their Medicare payroll tax on amounts above these levels rise to 2.35% from 1.45%.
• Update wills and estate plan • Establish credit shelter trust(s) by end of year • Forgive a family loan (this becomes a gift) • Gift appreciated assets, rather than cash, to charities to avoid paying tax on capital gains
With Change Comes Opportunity
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The term “fiscal cliff” to describe the upcoming expiring tax cuts and mandatory spending cuts is very appropriate. Let’s take a brief look...