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2019 Income Tax Updates:

2019 Standard Deductions:

As predicted, the standard deductions increased slightly from 2018 to adjust with inflation rates. For tax year 2019 the Standard Deductions are as followed:

  • Singles/MFS- 12,200
  • Head oh Household- 18,350
  • Married Filing Jointly- 24,400
  • Singles and HOH over 65 receive an additional 1,650
  • MFJ over 65 receive an additional 1,300
  • Kiddie Tax starts at 1,100

2019 Personal Exemptions:

Personal exemptions are not returning for 2019 as they remain at $0.

2019 Itemized Deductions:

As for the itemized deductions, you still lose the unreimbursed employee business expense, casualty losses (unless its a federal declared loss, which is deductible after $500), state and local tax above $10,000, hobby income expenses, employee office in the home expense, union dues and the phase-out limitations.

Good news for all the gamblers, losses are still permitted. Tax prep fees are gone unless they are tied to a business forms such as C, E, F.

2019 Income Tax Rates:

Tax RateSingle/MFSMFJHead of Household
10%$0 – $9,700$0 – $19,400$0 – $13,850
12%$9,700 – $39,475$19,400 – $78,950$13,850 – $52,850
22%$39,475 – $84,200$78,950 – $168,400$52,850 – $84,200
24%$84,200 – $160,725$168,400 – 321,450$84,200 – $160,700
32%$160,725 – 204,100$321,450 – 408,200$160,700 – 204,100
35%$204,100 – 510,300$408,200 – 612,350$204,100 – $510,300
37%Over $510,300Over $612,350Over $510,300

Deductions that went bye-bye:

  • Personal Exemptions
  • Casualty & Theft Losses (except federally declared disasters)
  • Mass-transit, parking, & bicycle reimbursements are no longer tax-free
  • Miscellaneous & Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses
  • Kiddie Tax going from parent’s rate to Form 1041 rate
  • Moving Expenses (unless you are active military)
  • Home Equity Loan Interest is no longer deductible (unless for home improvement)
  • College donations to purchase athletic tickets
  • Business Entertainment and country club dues- Business meals are fine
  • Separate rules for Leasehold Improvements, Restaurant property, & Retail Improvements are repealed.
  • Alimony beginning on or after January 1, 2019 is no longer Income to the recipient or a Deduction to the payor
  • The Affordable Healthcare Act Individual Mandate and the penalty is repealed in 2019
  • Tuition & Fees Deduction
  • $2 million exclusion on cancellation of debt for mortgage on residence
  • Mortgage Insurance Premium Deduction on Itemized Deductions

Child Tax Credit:

The child tax credit for children under the age of 17 is still 2K per child. Older children and other dependents qualify for the $500 dependent credit, which is useful in situations where you may owe taxes less than $500.

New Standard Mileage Rates:

The business mileage rate has increased to $.58 up from $.545/mile. The Medical & Moving mileage has increased by 2 cents a mile up to $.20/mile. Since Charity mileage was set by statute for 1998 forward, it remains at $.14/mile. Parking & tolls are a separate deduction. If the vehicle is sold or traded remember to reduce basis by the depreciation component of $.26/mile.

Education Credits & Deductions:

The credits and deductions have not change however, the income threshold are higher for 2019. The American Opportunity Credit is still $2,500 with 40% of the credit being refundable. The AGI phase-out runs from $160k to $180k (MFJ) and $80k to $90k (Single).

The Lifetime Learning Credit is $2,000 or 20% of tuition & fees if lower. The AGI phase-out runs from $116k to $136k (MFJ) and $58k to $68k (Single).

Student loan interest deduction is $2,500. AGI phase-out runs from $140k to $170k (MFJ) and $70k to $85k (Single).

Stay tune for the next blog as we discuss more 2019 tax updates.

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