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    2019 Tax Changes You Need to Know  About

    It’s a new year and you may only be thinking about doing 2018’s taxes but there are a few 
    changes coming up that take effect this year and may change your planning for the years ahead 
    as well.
    Before we get started...full disclosure. I am not a tax professional and the federal changes listed 
    below may not be applicable to you or your income level. Please consult a tax professional for 
    clarification. Use this as a resource from which to begin the planning conversation.
    Okay, now that we covered that, let’s get onto the changes….



    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a lot of changes in the U.S. Tax Code that go into effect for 
    2018 taxes, the ones we’ll file this spring. Changes made to the individual side of the Tax Code 
    expire in 2025, unless they are extended, while the corporate ones are permanent changes. 

    Tax Brackets
    The following changes have occurred:



    Only two tax brackets were unaffected. The others have all decreased for 2018. This change 
    will continue in 2019’s taxes as well.

    Standard Deductions

    The thing that most people are aware of is the increase in the standard deduction. It was nearly 
    doubled. This was designed with the thought of making tax filings easier with more people 
    claiming the standard and not having to file the long form with deductions. The following table 
    will help you understand the changes between 2017, 2018, and 2019.

    The result of these big changes is that more people are expected to use the standard deduction.
    Some experts believe that number will be close to 95% of tax filers will do so.

     

    Before you get excited about this simplification, note that the personal exemption is gone.
    The personal exemption is that number you claimed on your tax forms when you started a new job.
    You’ll no longer see that number as it became part of the standard deduction.

     

    Child Tax Credit Income Levels Increased

    Previously, the child tax credit income levels were restrictive for full credit. In 2018, more people
    will qualify for it. Prior to this year, the adjusted gross income for full credit was $200,000 if you were single,
    head of household, and married filing separately. Married filing jointly was $400,000. Under the new changes,
    each level has increased by $40,000 to $240,000 and $440,000 respectively. The tax credit itself doubled to $2,000.

     

    Deductions That Are Disappearing

    All good things must come to an end or so the saying goes. Tax deductions are no different (although I’m not sure
    these really count as “good” things to begin with but we’ll list them anyway).

     

    So what deductions have gone away?

     

    Take a gander:

         Casualty and theft losses (except those that are part of a federally-declared disaster)

         Moving expenses

         The interest on home equity loans if it’s used for things other than home improvement (such as paying off debt)

         Moving expenses (outside of active military)

         Job expenses like medical tests, clothing, tools, and equipment, etc. (employers can still deduct these expenses)

         Tax prep fees/expenses

     

    Also, if you own a business and you’ve been providing employees with parking and/or public transportation credits,
    you’ve likely enjoyed the deduction on those expenses. You can no longer deduct these reimbursements you’ve been providing.

     

    Another big change we’ll see in effect for next year’s taxes (2019, to be filed in 2020)
    is the elimination of the penalty for not having health care insurance.

     

    That’s a summary of most of the significant changes to 2018 taxes. For more in-depth questions,
    clarifications on how these changes pertain to you, or ways to best plan for next year, consult a local tax professional.


    Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers, and associations how to connect through content. H
    er articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and
    WritersWeekly. She is a regular blogger at
    Frankjkenny.com and the Event Manager Blog.  
     
    Christina is an introverted writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.
     

    2019 Tax Changes You Need to Know

    About

    It’s a new year and you may only be thinking about doing 2018’s taxes but there are a few

    changes coming up that take effect this year and may change your planning for the years ahead

    as well.

    Before we get started...full disclosure. I am not a tax professional and the federal changes listed

    below may not be applicable to you or your income level. Please consult a tax professional for

    clarification. Use this as a resource from which to begin the

    planning conversation.

    Okay, now that we covered that, let’s get onto the changes...

    2019 Tax Changes You Need to Know

    About

    It’s a new year and you may only be thinking about doing 2018’s taxes but there are a few

    changes coming up that take effect this year and may change your planning for the years ahead

    as well.

    Before we get started...full disclosure. I am not a tax professional and the federal changes listed

    below may not be applicable to you or your income level. Please consult a tax professional for

    clarification. Use this as a resource from which to begin the

    planning conversation.

    Okay, now that we covered that, let’s get onto the changes...

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