By Kevin M. Hedley, MS, CPA, PFS
As is often quoted “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” (Benjamin Franklin, 1789)
With that said, this year is certainly no different. The uncertain part is of course how much if at all our taxes will change this year with a new administration.
President Trump has discussed some new personal tax rates. His suggested tax rates and breakpoints for married-joint filers would be: Less than $75,000, 12 percent; more than $75,000 but less than $225,000, 25 percent; and more than $225,000, 33 percent. Brackets for single filers would be half of these amounts. These three rate brackets would replace our current seven rate brackets which go as high as 39.6 percent.
In addition to the changes in rates he has also called for some other drastic changes including, but not limited to: the Affordable Care Act, 3.8 percent tax on investment income would be repealed; the alternative minimum tax (AMT) would be repealed; the standard deduction for joint filers would increase to $30,000 and the standard deduction for single filers would be $15,000; Personal exemptions would be eliminated; head-of-household filing status would be eliminated; itemized deductions would be capped at $200,000 for married-joint filers and $100,000 for a single filer; standard corporate tax rate would be reduced to 15 percent from the current 35 percent.