HIGHLIGHTS OF TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT     
                                                                               Individual Tax Provisions
  • Standard deduction increase - $24,000 married  and,  single $12,000.
  • Personal exemptions suspended for years 2018 - 2025.
  • Child tax credit increased to $2,000.
  • Deduction for State & Local taxes limited to $10,000 for married taxpayers, $5,000 for single taxpayers.
  • Alimony payments for divorces obtained after 12/31/2018; no longer deductible by payor, nor includable as income by payee.
  • Miscellaneous itemized deductions, subject to 2% of AGI floor, suspended for years 2018 - 2025.
  • ACA mandate repealed for years after 2018,( health insurance mandatory penalty).
  • Moving expenses deduction suspended for years 2018 to 2026.
  • Alternative Minimum Tax - increased exemption amounts, joint returns $109,400; single $70,300.

                                                                     Business and Corporate Provisions

  • Corporate tax rate for years after 12/31/2017 is a flat 21%.
  • The section 179 expensing provision is increased to $1,000,000.  This section has also been expanded to include certain personal property and certain improvements to nonresidential real property.
  • Interest expense deduction, for all businesses) is limited. The net interest expense is disallowed for amounts in excess of 30% of the business's adjusted taxable income.  This limitation is generally applied at the taxpayer level.  However, for partnerships, and S corps, it is at the entity level. 
  • Pass - through income deduction new for years 2018 to 2025.
  • The deduction is for noncorporate taxpayers for income relating to pass through business entities, i.e., partnerships, sole proprietors and S corps.
  • The deduction is generally 20% of a taxpayer's qualified business income (QBI).
  • The deduction is phased out for income from certain service oriented  businesses, e.g. law, accounting, healthcare, financial, athletics and more.


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