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Beyond 2012 – The Great Unknown

Posted by McDonald & Osborne Posted on Oct 12 2015

Higher income individuals will face a new surtax on investment income and an additional Medicare tax on earnings in 2013. They will also be subject to reductions in personal exemptions and itemized deductions.

Other income tax benefits expiring 12/31/2012 include the following (not a fully comprehensive list):

  • 10% tax bracket for low income Americans is eliminated
  • Refundable adoption credit and reduced deduction
  • American Opportunity college education credit expires
  • Large reduction in earned income credits and refunds
  • Deduction for student loan interest ends
  • Income tax exemption for debt forgiven on home foreclosures and repossessions

As in any election year, we doubt decisions will be made any time soon about which changes will actually occur and which old laws will be reinstated. Look for the political arguments to resume as we play this “hurry up and wait game” once again with Congress. If you have any questions about how these changes might affect your income tax bill in future years give us a call. That’s what we’re here for.

Stephen Osborne

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