With the passage and signing of the Fiscal Cliff Act, significant modifications were made to the federal tax laws.
Individual Tax Rates: High income earners now have a new top rate of 39.6%. High income earners are taxpayers with a taxable income over $225 thousand (married filing separately), $400 thousand (single), $425 thousand (head of household), or $450 thousand (married).
Capital Gains and Dividends: For individual taxpayers above the top income tax bracket threshold, a 20% tax rate now applies.
Alternative Minimum Tax: The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) computer system has now received its annual programming for inflation. For 2012, the exemption amounts are $78,750 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $50,600 for single filers, and the relief from AMT for nonrefundable credits is retained.
Estate and gift tax: Surprise! Surprise! The Fiscal Cliff Act set the 2013 estate and gift tax exclusion amount at $5.25 million ($10.5 million for married filers). Also, the estate tax “portability” election, which allows a surviving spouse’s exemption amount to be increased by the deceased spouse’s unused exemption amount, is made permanent. However, the top tax rate is now 40%, instead of 35%.
Generation Skipping Tax Exemption: The generation skipping tax exemption, which allows a married couple to pass assets without them being included in a child’s estate, is the same as the estate and gift tax exemption, $10.5 million for a married couple. It is also now permanent.
Annual Exclusion Gifts: The annual exclusion amount increases to $14,000 in 2013.
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