IRS NewsTax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

On December 22, 2017, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the most sweeping change to the tax code in 31 years. What effect might the new law have on the amount you pay?

The Act focuses most of its effort on corporate taxes, with a new flat rate of just 21% and various provisions designed to make American businesses more competitive globally. The law also makes several moves in the direction of true “tax reform,” which involves eliminating deductions in exchange for lowering rates. (The fraction of taxpayers who itemize may drop from about 1/3 to 1/10.) However, the new law gets us nowhere near the dream of filing taxes on a postcard.

Are you curious what might happen to your taxes under the new proposal? Call us for a free Tax Analysis. We’ll tell you where your opportunities lie, and work with you to take maximum advantage of any new rule.

Individual Taxes

  • Cut brackets, cap at 37% top rate
  • Boost standard deductions to $12,000/$18,000/$24,000
  • Eliminate personal exemptions
  • Increase Child Tax Credit to $2,000
  • Limit state/local tax deduction to $10,000
  • Limit mortgage interest deduction to $750,000 of loan value
  • Increase AMT threshold

 

Gift/Estate Taxes

  • Boost Unified Credit to $10.98 million

 

Corporate/Business Taxes

  • New flat rate of 21% for corporations
  • New 20% deduction for “Qualified Business Income” (pass-through income from proprietorships, partnerships, and S corporations)
  • Limit deduction for net business interest paid by taxable corporations
  • Allow immediate expensing for non-real estate capital assets
  • Eliminate domestic production activity deduction
  • Impose repatriation tax to bring back profits of foreign subsidiaries
  • Move to “territorial system” (taxing companies on U.S. earnings only) to level the playing field for American companies