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Now in the 2020 tax-filing season, there is a flood of questions. To summarize this year’s tax season, the coronavirus pandemic affected some tax provisions. However, it did not affect tax rates and brackets.

Current Tax Brackets & Policy

Currently, individual tax codes have seven brackets for income taxes that range from 10% to 37%. This means that you pay 10% tax on the first dollar of taxable income, after applying your standard deduction.

The current tax rates and brackets were passed in December 2017, and they expire at the end of 2025. For 2026, the top rate is forecast to be 39.6%, though Congress has the ability to adjust rates even earlier.

The income brackets & levels are adjusted annually to account for inflation, although Congress switched to a less generous method in 2017 for calculating inflation adjustments on tax brackets and other key provisions. The Joint Committee on Taxation predicts that this will cost Americans $133.5 billion over the next 10 years.

While many thresholds in the tax code are adjusted for inflation, some important exceptions exist. Some benefits for homeowners, thresholds for taxes on Social Security benefits, and certain taxes on investment income will not be adjusted. Many Americans who are currently making under $38,700 a year are paying more taxes to the U.S. Government than they would if the limits were adjusted for inflation.

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PRESIDENT BIDEN’S TAX AGENDA … AND WHAT IT MAY MEAN FOR YOU.

 

 

The 2021 income cap is $142,800, so there would be a gap in taxes between $400,000 and the amount exceeding that sum. The Social Security proposals that Biden is proposing have more procedural hurdles in Congress than other proposals.

LIMITING THE VALUE OF ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS

Under the current income tax system, if you’re paying 37% in income taxes, then deductions save you 37 cents for every dollar. Under Biden’s proposal, a tax deduction saves a taxpayer with more than $400,000 no more than 28 cents on the dollar, even if that person’s top bracket is higher.

LIMITING THE 199A PASS-THROUGH DEDUCTION

The tax reform in 2017 gave businesses a 20% deduction for net income, including rental real estate. There is no formal proposal from the Biden campaign to end this tax break for business owners., but The Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the president’s proposal assumes that this change is consistent with his goal of rescinding 2017 tax breaks for high earners.

RAISING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE

For corporations, the tax rate would go up to 28% from 21%. There would also be a minimum tax on companies with lower effective rates and taxes on the U.S. company’s foreign earnings.

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Now is the time for us all to stop looking at hiring as a huge problem. It’s solvable. We just need to figure out a better way other than posting job listings over and over again on popular job boards and hoping that we’ll get lucky this time.

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